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Maker(s):Bey, Dawoud
Culture:American (1953-)
Title:Chevis II
Date Made:circa 1995
Materials:Set of four color Polaroid prints
Measurements:Frame: 60 3/4 in x 45 3/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 154.3 cm x 115.3 cm x 4.4 cm; Each Sheet: 24 in x 20 in; 61 cm x 50.8 cm
Accession Number:  UM 2014.12.A-D
Credit Line:Purchase
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Four framed color polariod photographs of a young African American man dressed in a white t-shirt and plaid shirt with a red background. Each photo makes up 1/4 of the image but they are taken individully and then put together to make the whole portrait. The sitter's body parts do not match up perfectly creating a somewhat disjointed image. There are subtle differences is the color values between each panel as well.

Label Text:
Exhibition Label, 40 Years / 40 Artists, January 22–March 8, 2015:
In the early 1990s, Dawoud Bey began using a rare 250-pound 20” x 24” Polaroid camera to produce his now famous series of portraits made up of two or more large color polaroids in a grid. Each of the polaroids is a separate picture (half a face and a shoulder, for instance) taken in its own slightly different time from the others, but all part of a composite whole figure. Sitting for a Bey Polaroid portrait often took as much as four hours. This is because Bey enjoys the process of collaborating with each sitter and the large format camera requires long exposures and processing time. - Loretta Yarlow

activists; portraits; African American

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