Untitled (Bus)

  • Mose Tolliver, Untitled (Bus), ca. 1982, oil on plywood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak, 1983.57

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.
Title
Untitled (Bus)
Artist
Date
ca. 1982
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
15 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (40.0 x 59.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on plywood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – vehicle – bus
Object Number
1983.57
Palette
Linked Open Data
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