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Willie Cole

Born in New Jersey, Willie Cole continues to live and work there. He attended Boston University and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. During his 1988 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, he saw a flattened travel iron and associated it with an African mask. He then started to make sculpture out of found materials that relate to African objects.

In this sculpture, Cole transformed bicycle parts into an antelope mask reminiscent of those made by the Bamana peoples of southern and western Mali. The Bamana peoples made their tji (work) wara (animal) masks to honor and capture the powers of the antelope/man who taught them how to farm. Two bicycle seats represent the face, and the forks are the horns.

The tji wara mask was worn in dances performed each spring by male dancers, evoking both male and female spirits. In this work, Cole depicts the female tji wara, as seen by a smaller antelope on her back. Magna tji wara (“Magna” refers to the name brand of the bike printed on the frame) employs utilitarian objects in a transformative process, combining African tribal beliefs with the utility of bicycles worldwide.

Willie ColeMagna tji wara, 2006

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Willie Cole
American, b. 1955
Magna tji wara, 2006
Bicycle parts
48 1/4 x 23 x 9 inches
Museum purchase, 2007.5
Maya Lin
American, b. 1959
Wire Landscape, 2004
18-gauge dark annealed steel wire
63 1/2 x 52 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.20

William Bailey
American, b. 1930
Piazza Rotonda, 1994
Etching on paper
18 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.21

William Bailey
American, b. 1930
Torre Romeggio, 1994
Etching on paper, ed. 50
7 x 7 3/4 inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.22

Liberty & Co.
British, founded London, 1875
Chalice, ca. 1890
Pewter and glass
6 x 5 diameter inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.23

Liberty & Co.
British, founded London, 1875
Pair of Vases, ca. 1890
Pewter and glass
5 1/4 x 2 x 1 3/4 inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.24

Liberty & Co.
British, founded London, 1875
Bowl, ca. 1900
Pewter and glass
3 1/2 x 7 1/8 diameter inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.25
Liberty & Co.
British, founded London, 1875
Decanter, ca. 1900
Pewter and glass
12 1/8 x 4 1/4 diameter inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.26

Bodil Manz
Danish, b. 1943
Three cylinders, ca. 2000
Porcelain
4 3/4 x 5 1/2 diameter inches (large)
4 1/8 x 4 5/8 diameter inches (medium)
3 x 3 3/4 diameter inches (small)
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.27

Keith Murray
New Zealander, 1892–1981
Vase, ca. 1930
Glass
12 x 6 1/2 diameter inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.28

Mary Roehm
American, b. 1951
Pair of vases, n.d.
Porcelain
8 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 inches
8 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches
Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.29

William Gropper
American, 1897–1977
The Spinner, 1953–1956
Lithograph on paper
14 x 10 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2016.31

William Gropper
American, 1897–1977
Fear, 1953–1956
Lithograph on paper
14 x 10 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2016.32
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