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“Dig It!” by Steve Cannon

For our current #MoMAArtistsChoice exhibition, artist David Hammons brings together two masters. A drawing by Leonardo da Vinci—the first time a work by the artist has been on view at MoMA—is presented with one other work, Charles White’s “Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man).” Astrological readings on the gallery wall suggest a cosmic connection between the two artists. Confronted with the pairing, poet Steve Cannon responded with an original poem.

What inspiration do you draw from the pairing of Charles White and Leonardo da Vinci?

Image Credits:
Leonardo da Vinci. “The drapery of a kneeling figure.” c. 1491–94. Brush and black ink with white heightening on pale blue prepared paper. The Royal Collection/HM Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017
Charles White. “Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man)”. 1973. Oil wash on board. Richard S. Zeisler Bequest (by exchange), The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Committee on Drawings Fund, Dian Woodner, and Agnes Gund. © 2017 The Charles White Archives

Happy Valentine’s Day!

With a couple posed in a loving embrace, encircled by large pink hearts, a reference to the frivolity that characterizes French Rococo painting, Kerry James Marshall’s Study for Vignette meditates on beauty, love, romance, and harmony in the black experience. Learn more about the work. 

[Kerry James Marshall. Study for Vignette. 2004. Crayon, gouache, and pencil on paper. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2017 Kerry James Marshall]