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Odysseus: The Folks on Coffee Hill

Odysseus: The Folks on Coffee Hill

Artist: Rein Whitt-Pritchette (born 1944 Los Angeles, California, lives Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1980
Medium: serigraph on paper (bon-a-tier)
Dimensions:
Overall: 22 1/4 x 34 in. (56.5 x 86.4 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, Trust and Agency funds
Object number: PC2002.69.5
DescriptionExterior view of a middle-aged African American man walking towards the viewer. He wears a hat, dark-blue shirt, and patchwork pants. He carrys a pair of oars on his shoulders and has a full beard. Background includes fluffy clouds and a horizon.
Not on view
Label Text:Rein Whitt-Pritchette grew up in Colorado and began drawing as a child. He served as a radio operator in the Vietnam War, and after returning home, took up art as a serious career. The Folks on Coffee Hill is a long-term series of serigraphs that depicts Greek myths featuring contemporary African American individuals as the gods. Coffee Hill is Whitt-Pritchette’s version of Mount Olympus. The word ‘myth’ can refer to both foundational origin stories as well as widely held false beliefs. Whitt-Pritchette challenges ideas about whose stories get told and how. Odysseus successfully demonstrates that this depiction of the hero is just as valid as any other.