In a closed room...it had taken years to get to this place. One is facing your jury...in ways understood and not you have picked these people to judge...your work. One is defending-years of study. One is defending ones life. After hours days weeks years of writing...the penultimate question is posed. " In what manner has your investigations been a contribution to the study of...?
One must chose a subject, a time period...one must have access to primary materials...one must...dare.
What ones knows. What one can prove. What one takes on Faith. What one believes to be true.
In the vernacular..." so back in the day inside Market Five Gallery, or The Flea Market at Eastern Market or outside on the plaza in front of the flower stand "Blue Iris- Angie and Isiah's " one saw this man in the French beret painting away. He would speak, but for conversation it was best to talk to his wife...she would tell you stories. He would too - if in the right mood. He was resolved too live and too work on his own terms...He had painted...his work was in the collections of...he was...he had study at...with...he taught at...
So, later you wondered "WHY" there was never stories written about...not just this man or that women. but this community. You had been asked once years before in that room...in front of your jury "In what manner had your investigations been a contribution to the disciple of... the study of...to the field of...
So one of the stories that this man told was about having these patrons...
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Bill and Camille Cosby Loan Private Collection to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Selected Works
One of the world’s preeminent private collections of African American art never before seen in public will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” brings together artworks from two world-class collections: the National Museum of African Art and the William H. and Camille O. Cosby Collection. The exhibition, which opens at the museum Nov. 9 and remains on view through early 2016, is a major part of the museum’s 50th anniversary, celebrating its unique history and contributions toward furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora.#CosbySmithsonian
Born 1935, United States
Portrait of Bill and Camille Cosby
The Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr.
Photograph by David Stansbury, permission courtesy of the artist
So back in the day at the same time he had painted or was painting...Mr. Knox and his wife were also holding it down and keeping it real at Market 5 Gallery and The Flea Market at Eastern Market.
*Tom Rall archives
To quote Chinua Achebe...
Sonda Tamarr Allen