“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?
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