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Between Worlds:the Art of Bill
Traylor will be on view from September 28 to March 17, 2019 as a comprehensive look into the life of an artist born into slavery.traylor’s work highlights his development as an artist and interpretation of life as a formerly enslaved African American, documenting plantation memories and culture often painted on discarded cardboard boxes and cards.the crossroad of white and black culture unfolds in his art through narration and abstraction—a rare personal look into the story of America.
Bill Traylor (ca. 1853-1949), Untitled (Yellow and Blue House with Figures and Dog/ Fellow inside reading. Man in yard. Smokes pipe, fondles gun while dog looks at him. Man goes up ladder after chicken. His home at...”), 1939. Colored pencil on...