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Gallery Text

These prints engage a wide-ranging visual vocabulary. The bold block text urging viewers to “ENLIST!” recalls recruitment posters issued by the U.S. government during World Wars I and II. The figures in Pruitt’s works, however, are not soldiers in any historical or contem-porary military, but a mechanic and pilot in a fantastical future, each bearing the tools of their trades. Inspired by science fiction and comic books, the artist envisions a world in which individuals of African descent band together to herald the Mothership Defense Squadron. This narrative aligns these prints with the Afrofuturist move-ment, which imagines a liberated African diaspora leading a culturally and technologi-cally advanced civilization. The otherworldly setting is further heightened by Pruitt’s dappled, ombré skies. The artist achieved the effect of a diaphanous atmosphere by applying two tones of blue spray paint to the Mylar sheets from which his lithographic plates were produced.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2018.33.47
People
Robert Pruitt, American (Houston, TX born 1975)
Title
Star Pilot
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
2012
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/361200
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
Technique
Offset print
Dimensions
76.2 × 53.3 cm (30 × 21 in.)
Provenance
Robert Pruitt, created 2012; [Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA], sold; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2018.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Robert Pruitt
Accession Year
2018
Object Number
2018.33.47
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/04/2022 - 07/31/2022

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