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Untitled I (Portrait)

May Wilson

Contemporary Art

On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Northeast (Herstory gallery), 4th floor
At the age of seventy-one, May Wilson left rural Maryland and a decades-long marriage for New York City, where she took up residence at the Chelsea Hotel. Because she was generations older than the avant-garde artists she was drawn to, and being largely self-taught, Wilson acquired the nickname “Grandma Moses of the Underground.” In her Ridiculous Portraits, Wilson collaged ludicrous photo-booth self-portraits onto images she collected from picture postcards, reproductions of famous paintings, mainstream magazines, and soft-core pornography. Produced as personal mementos and often exchanged through the mail with other artists as gifts, her Ridiculous Portraits attacked sexism, ageism, and the cult of beauty with a wry sense of absurdity.
MEDIUM Albumen photograph with glitter and mirrors and red paint
DATES 1966-1967
DIMENSIONS Overall: 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (34.3 x 27.3 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS On the verso of the frame on the backboard, there is a white, pressure-sensitive label adhered at bottom center with the gallery name, address and website printed on it. Also the artist, title and date are printed on it as well as "Mounted photograph, glitter and mirror" and the dimensions.
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 2007.11.1
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of May Wilson
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CAPTION May Wilson (American, 1905-1986). Untitled I (Portrait), 1966-1967. Albumen photograph with glitter and mirrors and red paint, Overall: 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (34.3 x 27.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2007.11.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2007.11.1_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2007.11.1_PS9.jpg., 2019
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Marx regarded the replacement of the capitalist order for a classless society as an inevitable result of economic contradictions inherent to capitalism.
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May Wilson (American, 1905-1986). <em>Untitled I (Portrait)</em>, 1966-1967. Albumen photograph with glitter and mirrors and red paint, Overall: 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (34.3 x 27.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 2007.11.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2007.11.1_PS9.jpg)