'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Noel Anderson, Jeremy Okai Davis, Godfried Donkor, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Hartt, Leslie Hewitt, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Ayanah Moor, Lorna Simpson, Martine Syms, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas and Purvis Young. Curated by Lauren Haynes

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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


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Installation view of 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem, November 13, 2014–March 8, 2015. Organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Noel Anderson, 'Ebony Painting 1,' 2012, Manipulated Ebony page and carpet foam, 20 5/8 × 16 3⁄4 × 1 7/8 in. Courtesy the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York
Noel Anderson, 'Ebony Painting 1,' 2012, Manipulated Ebony page and carpet foam, 20 5/8 × 16 3⁄4 × 1 7/8 in. Courtesy the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York


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Noel Anderson, 'Ebony Painting 2,' 2012, Manipulated Ebony page and carpet foam, 20 5/8 × 16 3⁄4 × 1 7/8 in. Courtesy the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Jeremy Okai, 'Davis Makes the Man,' 2012 Acrylic on canvas, 40 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist
Jeremy Okai, 'Davis Makes the Man,' 2012 Acrylic on canvas, 40 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Godfried Donkor, 'Ebony Accra edition,' 2014, Collage on paper, 271⁄2×399/25 in. Courtesy the artist
Godfried Donkor, 'Ebony Accra edition,' 2014, Collage on paper, 271⁄2×399/25 in. Courtesy the artist


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Godfried Donkor, 'Ebony Jo'burg edition,' 2014, Collage on paper, 27 1⁄2 × 39 9/25 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Godfried Donkor, 'Ebony Lagos edition,' 2014, Collage on paper, 27 1⁄2 × 39 9/25 in. Courtesy the artist
Godfried Donkor, 'Ebony Lagos edition,' 2014, Collage on paper, 27 1⁄2 × 39 9/25 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ellen Gallagher, 'DeLuxe,' 2004–5, Portfolio of sixty etchings with photogravure, spitbite, collage, laser-cutting, screenprint, offset lithography, hand painting and Plasticine, 13 × 10 1⁄2 in. each, hung in grid of 5 high. The Studio Museum in Harlem; purchase made possible by a gift from Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, New York 05.8.1
Ellen Gallagher, 'DeLuxe,' 2004–5, Portfolio of sixty etchings with photogravure, spitbite, collage, laser-cutting, screenprint, offset lithography, hand painting and Plasticine, 13 × 10 1⁄2 in. each, hung in grid of 5 high. The Studio Museum in Harlem; purchase made possible by a gift from Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, New York 05.8.1


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ellen Gallagher, 'Hare,' 2013, Ink, watercolor, oil, pencil and cut paper on paper 44 4/5 × 46 3/5 in. Private Collection. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Photo credit: Ernst Moritz © Ellen Gallagher
Ellen Gallagher, 'Hare,' 2013, Ink, watercolor, oil, pencil and cut paper on paper 44 4/5 × 46 3/5 in. Private Collection. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Photo credit: Ernst Moritz © Ellen Gallagher


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Theaster Gates, 'My Beauty is Political (video still),' 2014, Sound and color video TRT 00:02:56. Courtesy the artist and White Cube
Theaster Gates, 'My Beauty is Political (video still),' 2014, Sound and color video TRT 00:02:56. Courtesy the artist and White Cube


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lyle Ashton Harris, 'Untitled (Elmina #1),' 2008, Pigment on crane museo rag, 18 × 27 in. Courtesy the artist
Lyle Ashton Harris, 'Untitled (Elmina #1),' 2008, Pigment on crane museo rag, 18 × 27 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for David Hartt, 'Carpet at The Johnson Publishing Company Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, II,' 2011, Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond and framed, 60 × 80 in. Edition of 6 + 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL
David Hartt, 'Carpet at The Johnson Publishing Company Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, II,' 2011, Archival pigment print mounted to Dibond and framed, 60 × 80 in. Edition of 6 + 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Leslie Hewitt, 'Flowers,' 2013, Lithograph on paper, 10 1⁄2 × 10 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Leslie Hewitt, 'Flowers,' 2013, Lithograph on paper, 10 1⁄2 × 10 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Hank Willis Thomas, 'Ebony Life,' 2010, Gouache acrylic on canvas, 20 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas, 'Ebony Life,' 2010, Gouache acrylic on canvas, 20 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Hank Willis Thomas


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Hank Willis Thomas, 'Jet People,' 2010, Gouache acrylic on canvas, 20 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas, 'Jet People,' 2010, Gouache acrylic on canvas, 20 × 40 in. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Hank Willis Thomas


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Glenn Ligon, Untitled (Dax Pomade),' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink, and graphite on paper 22 1⁄8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz
Glenn Ligon, Untitled (Dax Pomade),' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink, and graphite on paper 22 1⁄8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Glenn Ligon, 'Endless Column/Nu Nile,' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink, and graphite on paper 22 1⁄8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz
Glenn Ligon, 'Endless Column/Nu Nile,' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink, and graphite on paper 22 1⁄8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Glenn Ligon, 'Endless Column/Nu Nile (Yellow),' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink and graphite on paper, 22 1/8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz
Glenn Ligon, 'Endless Column/Nu Nile (Yellow),' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink and graphite on paper, 22 1/8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Glenn Ligon, 'The Cock/Nu Nile,' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink and graphite on paper 22 1/8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz
Glenn Ligon, 'The Cock/Nu Nile,' 1985, Synthetic polymer, ink and graphite on paper 22 1/8 × 15 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ronal Amstutz


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Kerry James Marshall, 'Black,' 2002, Inkjet print on paper, 49 3/5 × 42 9/10 in. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Kerry James Marshall, 'Black,' 2002, Inkjet print on paper, 49 3/5 × 42 9/10 in. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Ayanah Moor, 'Good News,' 2011, Site specific installation of silkscreen on newsprint, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Adam Reich
Ayanah Moor, 'Good News,' 2011, Site specific installation of silkscreen on newsprint, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Adam Reich


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #1,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #1,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #2,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #2,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #3,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #3,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #4,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #4,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #5,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #5,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #6,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #6,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #7,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #7,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #8,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York
Lorna Simpson, '“Riunite & Ice” Collage #8,' 2014, Collage and ink on paper, 30 × 22 in. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Martine Syms, 'Johnson Publishing Company Building, 1971,' 2013, Altered archival photograph, 18 × 24 in. Courtesy the artist
Martine Syms, 'Johnson Publishing Company Building, 1971,' 2013, Altered archival photograph, 18 × 24 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Mickalene Thomas, 'Clarivel Left,' 2013, Color photograph and paper collage on archival board, 11 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist
Mickalene Thomas, 'Clarivel Left,' 2013, Color photograph and paper collage on archival board, 11 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Mickalene Thomas, 'Clarivel Right,' 2013, Color photograph and paper collage on archival board, 11 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist
Mickalene Thomas, 'Clarivel Right,' 2013, Color photograph and paper collage on archival board, 11 1⁄2 × 7 1⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Mickalene Thomas, 'Portrait of Lili in Color,' 2008, Color photograph in custom-built wood frame, 10 1⁄2 × 11 1⁄2 × 1 3⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist
Mickalene Thomas, 'Portrait of Lili in Color,' 2008, Color photograph in custom-built wood frame, 10 1⁄2 × 11 1⁄2 × 1 3⁄4 in. Courtesy the artist


 in Pictures for 'Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art' at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Image for Purvis Young, 'Horses, Figures and Railroad Tracks on Ebony, c. 1994, Paint on paper,' 17 × 11 in., diptych. Courtesy Skot Foreman, New York, NY. Photo: Marc Bernier
Purvis Young, 'Horses, Figures and Railroad Tracks on Ebony, c. 1994, Paint on paper,' 17 × 11 in., diptych. Courtesy Skot Foreman, New York, NY. Photo: Marc Bernier