Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Marcus), 2010

Images of Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Marcus)

This black and white vertical portrait portrays a dark-skinned person with two faces, one looking left and the other looking right, with palm-like fronds surrounding the figure.
  1. Long The masculine person, shown from the torso up, is wearing a vertically striped button-down shirt, a herringbone vest, and a dark tie. The subject takes up the majority of the image, with their shoulders extending to either of the vertical edges. The two superimposed faces, slightly overlapping, have a similarly stoic expression. Both of the faces have heavy, dark eyebrows, a wide rounded nose, a closed, expressionless mouth, and are crowned by a dark, curly afro hair style. The upper left and bottom corners all appear lighter in tone, as if overexposed. Surrounding the figure are lush, palm-like plant fronds, both in the background and foreground. Some of the fronds obscure the person's shoulders on both sides of the image.
Rashid Johnson, American, b. 1977
The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Marcus), 2010
Archival pigment print
20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Sara Albrecht, 2011.48
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago