<p>Ellen Gallagher,&nbsp;<em>Skinatural</em>, 1997, oil, pencil, and plasticine on magazine page,&nbsp;13 1/4 x 10 inches (33.7 x 25.4 cm).&nbsp;Courtesy MoMA</p>
Speaking of People Ellen Gallagher
November 28, 2014

Ellen Gallagher, Skinatural, 1997, oil, pencil, and plasticine on magazine page, 13 1/4 x 10 inches (33.7 x 25.4 cm). Courtesy MoMA

BY Sarah Hoover


November 28, 2014

Ellen Gallagher is featured in "Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art" at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
 



Ellen Gallagher's Skinatural (1997) and Hare (2013) are currently included in "Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art" at the Studio Museum in Harlem, a thematic exhibition comprising more than thirty works inspired by the popular magazines Ebony and Jet, mainstays of black journalism and entertainment for over sixty years whose pages and legacies are here mined by sixteen artists. In Skinatural (1997), Gallagher veils the female subjects of a wig advertisement with Plasticine prosthetics and pencil, while rows of hand-drawn eyes allude to minstrel imagery. Hare (2013) is a collage of clippings that she has stained, punctured and layered to create a half-dark, half-light patchwork surrounding a central enigmatic figure; the origins of the reassembled source materials give way to a sentiment of "un-knowing" that is intrinsic to her work.
 


"Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art" is on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem through March 8, 2015.

 

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