Cotton

(1964)

Romare H. Bearden, American, b. Charlotte, North Carolina, 1912–1988

Photomechanical reproductions, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paperboard, 11 1/8 x 14 in. (28.3 x 35.6 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.409

Provenance:
Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York, to 19 November 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 19 November 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
CORDIER & EKSTROM GALLERY, New York. "Romare Bearden Projections," 6-24 October 1964, no. 17.
ART GALLERY, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, Albany. "Romare Bearden: Paintings and Projections," 25 November-22 December 1968, no. 4, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, ill. 974, p. 628, p. 663
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Collages: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden," 3 May-November 1978, cat. no. 2, p. 18, ill. p. 31. Tour (organized for SITES by Howard Fox): SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Gainsville, Florida, 10 January-14 February 1981; MARION KOOGLER MCNAY ART INSTITUTE, San Antonio, 7 March-11 April; ANCHORAGE HISTORICAL AND FINE ARTS MUSEUM, 1 May-6 June; FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Miami, 27 June-1 August; GIBBS ART GALLERY, Charlestown, North Carolina, 3 April-15 May 1982; LEIGH YAWLEY WOODSON ART MUSEUM, Wausau, Wisconsin, 12 June-24 July; KRANNERT ART MUSEUM, Champagne, Illinois, 21 August-21 September; MUNSON-WILLIAMS-PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 16 October-20 November.
GIBBS ART GALLERY, Charlestown, North Carolina. "Reflections of a Southern Heritage: 20th Century Black Artists of the Southeast," 6 September-28 October 1979, no. 9. Tour: GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, South Carolina, 9 November-6 December; COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART, South Carolina, 13 January-1980-17 February.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "NCA Honors Ten African-American Artists," 14 March-6 April 1980.
ALEXANDRIA MUSEUM VISUAL ART CENTER, Louisiana. "The Rhythm of Life: Selected Works by Bearden, Gwathmey, and Lawrence," 25 January-30 March 1984. Tour: GREATER LAFAYETTE MUSEUM OF ART, Indiana, 7 April-15 June.
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM, New York. "Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987," 14 April-11 August 1991. Tour: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago, 28 September-10 November; WIGHT GALLERY, University of California, Los Angeles, 8 December-2 February 1992; HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, 10 March-3 May; CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART, Pittsburgh, 20 May-25 July; NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2 October 1992-4 January 1993.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "The Art of Romare Bearden," 14 September 2003-4 January 2004. Tour: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 7 February-16 May; DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART, 20 June-12 September (Dallas venue only).
TATE LIVERPOOL. "Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic," 29 January-25 April 2010.

Published References:
WASHINGTON, M. BUNCH. The Art of Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual (New York: Abrams, 1973), plate 28.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 974, p. 628, p. 663.
LERNER, ABRAM. Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), no. 101.
WORLEY, DEMETRICE A. and JESSE PERRY, JR. African American Literature (Lincolnwood, Illinois: National Textbook Company, 1993), p. 50, ill.
SIMS, LOWERY STOKES. Romare Bearden (New York: Rizzoli Art Series, c1994), colorplate 3.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, African-American Figuration