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The Resource Elijah Pierce's America, edited by Nancy Ireson and Zoé Whitley ; with contributions by Sampada Aranke, Theaster Gates, Michael D. Hall

Elijah Pierce's America, edited by Nancy Ireson and Zoé Whitley ; with contributions by Sampada Aranke, Theaster Gates, Michael D. Hall

Label
Elijah Pierce's America
Title
Elijah Pierce's America
Statement of responsibility
edited by Nancy Ireson and Zoé Whitley ; with contributions by Sampada Aranke, Theaster Gates, Michael D. Hall
Creator
Contributor
Artist
Contributor
Editor
Host institution
Issuing body
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) was born the youngest son of a former slave on a Mississippi farm. He began carving at an early age when his father gave him his first pocketknife. Pierce became known for his wood carvings nationally and then internationally for the first time in the 1970s. Accompanying a major exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, this publication seeks to revisit the art of Elijah Pierce and see it in its own right, not simply as 'naive'. Elijah Pierce made his living as a barber; he was also a qualified preacher. Just as his barber shop was a place for gossip and meeting, so his art reflects his own and his community's concerns, but also universal themes. Through his carvings Pierce told his own life story and chronicled the African-American experience. His subjects ranged from politics to religious stories but he seldom distinguished the race of his figures - he thought of them as everyman. His secular carvings show his love of baseball, boxing, comics and the movies, and also reflect his appreciation for American heroes who fought for justice and liberty. In 1932, Pierce completed 'the Book of Wood', which he considered his best work. Originally carved as individual scenes, the completed 'Book' tells the story of Jesus carved in bas-relief. He and his wife Cornelia held "sacred art demonstrations" to explain the meaning of the Book of Wood
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pierce, Elijah
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NK9798.P44
LC item number
A4 2020 Oversize
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1973-
  • 1941-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ireson, Nancy
  • Whitely, Zoe
  • Aranke, Sampada
  • Gates, Theaster
  • Hall, Michael D.
  • Barnes Foundation
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pierce, Elijah
  • African American wood-carving
  • Folk art
  • Pierce, Elijah
  • Folk art
  • African American wood-carving
  • United States
Label
Elijah Pierce's America, edited by Nancy Ireson and Zoé Whitley ; with contributions by Sampada Aranke, Theaster Gates, Michael D. Hall
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, September 27, 2020-January 10, 2021
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-202) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Written in the wood: black life made visible
  • Sampada Aranke
  • Preacher-barber-carver: the spiritual ecology of Elijah Pierce
  • Theaster Gates
  • Catalogue
  • Foundations
  • Faith & doubt
  • Reckoning & retribution
  • Striving & surviving
  • Sin & salvation
  • Elijah Pierce's America
  • Joy
  • Death: a new beginning
  • Zoé Whitley and Nancy Ireson
  • The Pierce effect: one artist's impact on museum practice in Columbus, Ohio
  • Michael D. Hall
  • One nation under a groove: the USA in Elijah Pierce's hands
  • Zoé Whitley
  • "Your life is a book, and every day is a page": Elijah Pierce's storytelling
  • Nancy Ireson
Control code
on1139138639
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
206 pages
Isbn
9781911300878
Lccn
2020418285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1139138639
Label
Elijah Pierce's America, edited by Nancy Ireson and Zoé Whitley ; with contributions by Sampada Aranke, Theaster Gates, Michael D. Hall
Publication
Copyright
Note
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, September 27, 2020-January 10, 2021
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-202) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Written in the wood: black life made visible
  • Sampada Aranke
  • Preacher-barber-carver: the spiritual ecology of Elijah Pierce
  • Theaster Gates
  • Catalogue
  • Foundations
  • Faith & doubt
  • Reckoning & retribution
  • Striving & surviving
  • Sin & salvation
  • Elijah Pierce's America
  • Joy
  • Death: a new beginning
  • Zoé Whitley and Nancy Ireson
  • The Pierce effect: one artist's impact on museum practice in Columbus, Ohio
  • Michael D. Hall
  • One nation under a groove: the USA in Elijah Pierce's hands
  • Zoé Whitley
  • "Your life is a book, and every day is a page": Elijah Pierce's storytelling
  • Nancy Ireson
Control code
on1139138639
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
206 pages
Isbn
9781911300878
Lccn
2020418285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1139138639

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