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PAINTING THE GOSPEL: BLACK PUBLIC ART AND RELIGION IN CHICAGO. Kymberly N. Pinder. University of Illinois Press, Champaign, 2016. New Black Studies. 220 pp. with 75 ills. (70 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-956691 ISBN 9780252081439 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 171181. Publisher's description: Innovative and lavishly illustrated, Painting the Gospel offers an indispensable contribution to conversations about African American art, theology, politics, and identity in Chicago. Kymberly N. Pinder escorts readers on an eye-opening odyssey to the murals, stained glass, and sculptures dotting the city's African American churches and neighborhoods. Moving from Chicago's oldest black Christ figure to contemporary religious street art, Pinder explores ideas like blackness in public, art for black communities, and the relationship of Afrocentric art to Black Liberation Theology. She also focuses attention on art excluded from scholarship due to racial or religious particularity. Throughout, she reflects on the myriad ways private black identities assert public and political goals through imagery. Painting the Gospel includes maps and tour itineraries that allow readers to make conceptual, historical, and geographical connections among the works.
Indexing: Western — United States, Great Lakes — Post-1945 — Painting, Several Media — African American Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171182
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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