ca. 1982 Mose Tolliver Born: Pike Road, Alabama 1919 Died: Montgomery, Alabama 2006 oil on plywood 15 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (40.0 x 59.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak 1983.57 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
This bus has no passengers, evoking the Montgomery bus boycott of the 1950s when blacks refused to ride the public buses until they could sit where they wanted (Lee Kogan, "Mose Tolliver: Picture Maker," Folk Art, Fall 1993). The bright colors and childlike shapes create a strangely cheerful image, given that it shows a dangerous episode from the early struggle for civil rights.
Architecture - vehicle - bus
paint - oil
wood - plywood