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Untitled

A work made of gelatin silver prints, collage.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints, collage.

Artist:

Robert Sengstacke
American, 1943-2017

About this artwork

In the early 1970s Robert “Bobby” A. Sengstacke created photographic assemblages for exhibitions at spaces such as the South Side Community Arts Center. This assemblage focuses on the work of the Zambezi Art Guild, which was founded in 1966 by artist Nii Oti (born Timothy Williams) on Chicago’s South Side. The guild was created to encourage pride in Black history and expose local residents to crafts that reflect Africa’s rich cultural heritage. Oti ran several storefront operations on the South Side, one of which is seen at center. Sengstacke’s collage depicts exhibitions, examples of the guild’s crafts, and members at work. This range of images and the collage format emphasize unity and community pride—driving forces behind the many artistic collectives that emerged at the height of Chicago’s Black Arts Movement.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Robert Sengstacke

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Medium

Gelatin silver prints, collage

Dimensions

96.5 × 76.2 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of David Lusenhop

Reference Number

2017.385

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