The Cochran Collection

History of Absence — Late 20th Century African American Works on Paper


History of Absence features prints, drawings, and collage by prominent African American artists. Their stories, as told by the works themselves, are lathered in a language unfamiliar and seemingly foreign to those unaccustomed to it. The absence suggested by the collection's title is a glance at the thing not seen, a noticeable marasmus caused by the inability of our culture to absorb what it fails to recognize. This collection is grounded in Wes and Missy's interest in African American art and demonstrates their commitment to show the work of artists who are so often absent from the published history of 20th century art in America. It is this commitment, combined with the sense of discovery inherent in finding these artistic treasures, that has led to this exhibit.

Bruce Checefsky


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SerialArtistTitleDate        Dimensions
1AmosMandrill198530-1/4 x 38-1/4 x 1 Inches
2AndrewsSexism Study197428-1/4 x 22-1/4 x 1 Inches
3BarakaUntitled199422-1/4 X 28-1/4 x 1 Inches
4BillopsPorqueNo?199916-1/4 x 18-1/4 x 1 Inches
5BillopsFor Japanese With Mirrors197524-1/4 x 22-1/4 x 1 Inches
6BlackburnOrganic ThingND24-1/4 x 22-1/4 x 1 Inches
7BlackburnQuiet InstrumentND20 x 18-1/4 x 1 Inches
8BowlingConversations with Marcia Scott198936-1/2 x 48-1/4 x 1 Inches
9BrowneJih-t-Gn198036-1/2 x 48-1/8 x 1 Inches
10BuchananPink Windows are LuckyND18 x 20-1/4 x 1 Inches
11ColemanUntitled196724-1/4 x 22-1/4 x 1 Inches
12CriteDos Madres197318-1/4 x 16-1/4 x 1 Inches
13GammonWith Our Regrets198818-1/4 x 20-1/4 x 1 Inches
14GilliamFor Xavier199036 x 48-1/4 x 1 Inches
15HaydenJohn Henry196022-1/4 x 24-1/4 x 1 Inches
16HuieThe Family1940s18-1/4 x 20-1/4 x 1 Inches
17HumphreySunday Afternoon198936 x 48-1/4 x 1 Inches
18HumphriesUntitled199124 x 22 x 1 Inches
19JosephPeru1948-5128 x 24-1/4 x 1 Inches
20JosephUntitled198520 x 18-1/4 x 1 Inches
21LawrenceThe March199527-1/4 x 37-1/4 x 1 Inches
22LawrenceStrategy199427-1/4 x 37 x 1 Inches
23Lee-SmithActress199337-1/4 x 27-1/4 Inches
24LittleMy Version of Genesis198728-1/4 x 24-1/4 x 1 Inches
25LoganUntitled199132 x 24-1/4 x 1 Inches
26MaynardUnfinished BusinessND22-1/4 x 24-1/4 x 1 Inches
27MiddletonUntitled199233-1/4 x 28-1/4 x 1 Inches
28MorganAn Upland RuinND28-1/4 x 33-1/4 x 1 Inches
29PindellAntares, Aug. 2001200118-1/4 x 20-1/4 x 1 Inches
30PuryearUntitled200216-1/4 x 18-1/4 x 1 Inches
31ScottBlack ButterflyND33-1/4 x 28-1/4 x 1 Inches
32Smith W. E.Oden1940s20-1/4 x 18-1/4 x 1 Inches
33ThompsonUntitled199340 x 32 x 1 Inches
34ThompsonWave Function III199938 x 30 x 1 Inches
35WagnerUntitledND18-1/4 x 28-1/4 x 1 Inches

Works of Art Photos by G. Ray Sullivan, Jr.