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Available for download, these lesson plans provide information about activities inspired by artists and objects from the Museum's permanent collection.
Artist Eric N. Mack (b. 1987) expands the boundaries of painting, sculpture, and fashion. Mack uses fabric, paint, and found materials to create sculptural paintings that transform the three- dimensional spaces they occupy. Through abstract compositions, he unpacks how we assign value to material objects and explores the ways human bodies move through space.
Sam Gilliam’s (b. 1933) paintings experiment with color and improvisation. Gilliam is known for his cut and layered canvases that draw from the long tradition of Black quilt making. Inspired by hanging laundry on clotheslines, Gilliam broke his canvases free from their rigid rectangular shape, often draping and suspending them from walls and ceilings.
EJ Hill (b. 1985) is a mixed-media artist who often uses durational performance to convey the hardship human bodies endure while celebrating their resilience. Hill looks closely at histories of prejudice that result in the continual targeting of black, brown, and queer bodies in daily interactions.
Artist Glenn Ligon (b. 1960) is known for work that explores race, language, history, and identity. He often unpacks these themes by using text, such as incorporating excerpts from the writings of Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and other African-American literary figures.