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Jacob Lawrence, War Series: Beachhead | Video in American Sign Language

Jacob Lawrence, War Series: Beachhead | Video in American Sign Language

Here we see art by Jacob Lawrence from his series of paintings called War Series. 1946-1947 We see a narrative about World War II. From shipping out, to victory. His work is reminiscent of Egyptian wall paintings. The similarities are Read more…


Carl Pope | Video in American Sign Language

Carl Pope | Video in American Sign Language

These items are given as recognition of achievements. Usually for sports, athletics and success in one’s field. Behind me you see rows of trophies, awards and plaques. The title of this piece, and it’s a long one is Some of Read more…


Nancy Grossman, Head 1968 | Video in American Sign Language

Nancy Grossman, Head 1968 | Video in American Sign Language

Behind me we see a sculpture of a head, wearing a mask made of leather. With zippers made of metal. The mouth and the eyes are covered. It makes us think of S&M, bondage, fetishism and restraint. And sex. Grossman’s Read more…


Marsden Hartley, Painting Number 5 | Video in American Sign Language

Marsden Hartley, Painting Number 5 | Video in American Sign Language

Marsden Hartley created a series a paintings with war motifs. He was fascinated not only by war but by the pageantry and decoration displayed in the pre-war German Empire. In 1913 he wrote, “The military life adds so much in Read more…


AA Bronson, Felix Partz, June 5, 1994 | Video in American Sign Language

AA Bronson, Felix Partz, June 5, 1994 | Video in American Sign Language

During the 1980s and 1990s, America lost over half a million people to AIDS. Most of those people were Gay men or people of color. Behind me you see one of the many faces of AIDS. We see a dead Read more…


Jared French, State Park | Video in American Sign Language

Jared French, State Park | Video in American Sign Language

This painting by Jared French seems straightforward at first. But when you look closer, you realize that the narrative is a little more ambiguous. There are a few different things happening in this image. We see a man standing tall Read more…


James Castle | Video in American Sign Language

James Castle | Video in American Sign Language

James Castle, the artist, was born in rural Idaho. He made art everyday for almost 70 years, using materials he found around his home. His art was his form of communication. Castle was born Deaf. He didn’t read, write, speak Read more…


Elsie Driggs, Pittsburgh | Video in American Sign Language

Elsie Driggs, Pittsburgh | Video in American Sign Language

The factory we see here seems dark, ominous, and threatening. We see toxic fumes coming up the side. We also see four smoke stacks and thin lines. These are the support cables, holding up the stacks. If we focus on Read more…


Theaster Gates, Minority Majority | Video in American Sign Language

Theaster Gates, Minority Majority | Video in American Sign Language

Behind me you see a piece of abstract art. It is made from regular fabric that is visibly worn from being used. Soft blues, pinks and beiges. And if you look closely, you can see print that is faded. This Read more…


Senga Nengudi, Internal I | Video in American Sign Language

Senga Nengudi, Internal I | Video in American Sign Language

Senga Nengudi is a studied dancer and sculptor. When she sculpts, she often uses nylons and sand. In 1977, Nengudi started to focus on nylons, she was fascinated with the material. How it could stretch and expand and how flexible Read more…