Untitled (Uncle Joseph Tansle)
Darrel Ellis’s works repurpose and distort photographs taken by his father, Thomas Ellis, who was killed by police weeks before his son’s birth. Upon discovering this cache of prints and negatives showcasing everyday Black life in 1950s Harlem and the Bronx, Ellis warped the images and documented them anew, creating a powerful translation of memory, mourning, and unattainable family histories.
Ellis died from AIDS-related illnesses when he was thirty-three, the same age his father was when his life, too, was tragically cut short.
Gelatin silver photograph
image: 19 1/4 × 15 3/4 in. (48.9 × 40 cm)
sheet: 19 7/8 × 23 7/8 in. (50.5 × 60.6 cm) (show scale)
Purchased with funds given by the Charina Endowment Fund
This item is not on view
Darrel Ellis (American, 1958-1992). Untitled (Uncle Joseph Tansle), ca. 1990. Gelatin silver photograph, image: 19 1/4 × 15 3/4 in. (48.9 × 40 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Charina Endowment Fund, 2020.7.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.TL2020.5.1_frame.jpg)
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