Synopsis of Echoes of Our Journey- The Windows
Found Objects Photo Collage on Glass
The wooden frame is from the original window above the Jones brother’s Ben Franklin Store on 47th Street, the world's only black owned department store. After the wind blew the window over twice and picking up the broken glass, I decided to take the fragmented pieces and reconstruct the glass to make the collage. I think in doing so I visually was able to tell a better narrative.
|Original window above the Jones Brother’s hardware store,|
Black Belt, and Black Wall Street.
In 1946, the Jones brothers were at the top of the $25 million-a-year policy syndicate in Chicago. The three brothers, Edward, George, and McKissack (Mack), started out small, running a policy station from the back entrance of their "Jones Brothers Tailor Shop."
Lead by brother Ed, the Jones trio turned a nickel game into a sophisticated business enterprise, which included the Jones Brothers
The brothers made high level civic and social connections, but the glamorous and lavish lifestyle of the Jones boys couldn't be separated from the criminal activity that created it. Kidnappings, death threats, corrupt politics, violence, and jail time were also prominent in the brothers' lives. Policy expert Nathan Thompson tells the family history of the Jones brothers:
|Joe Louis and Marva Trotter owners of Mae's Dress Shoppe|
Foreground images reflect Emancipation, reflective of what children see on the TV, and what is really going on around them during the Great Depression, and the Great Black Migration in the 1930's.
Industrialized fantasy sounds like something extremely complex. Yet it is quite simple. Walt Disney’s picture-play “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is an excellent example.
|“Snow White” Effect “Prosperity Out of Fantasy”|
Her 1939 thesis limestone sculpture, Mother and Child, won first prize in sculpture at the American Negro Exposition in Chicago in 1940. Catlett’s investment in art continued at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1941 with her art studies in ceramics, and in New York in 1942 and 1943 with sculptor Ossip Zadkine (born Russian, 1890-1967) and lithography classes at the Art Students League.
Dr.Margaret Burroughs born in 1917, migrated to Chicago 1922, made the first of her many contributions to African American arts and culture when she founded ,--at age 22--the South Side Community Art Center, a community organization that serves as a gallery and workshop studio for artists and students. Mrs. Burroughs continues to serve of the Board of Directors for the Center, which remains active more than sixty years after its formation. Center .
“Sharecropper and his Family Heading North"