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Untitled (Pig on Expressway)

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Untitled (Pig on Expressway)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982

Date

1980

Medium

Crayon and colored pencil on paper

Accession #

2003.227

Dimensions

17 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Lower Level, Gallery 100

Description

In a colorful palette that eerily predicts the Google Maps display of Atlanta’s daily rainbow gridlock, a brown pig appears overwhelmed and immobilized by the sweeping curves of major roadways. Rowe’s interest in depicting busy roadways like this one underscores the upheaval that increasingly enfolded her community after the completion of I-285 in 1969. She nearly buries her social commentary in her bright colors and sweet pig character, but the work nonetheless offers a critique of gentrification that would disproportionately affect the Black population of Vinings, especially in the years following her death.

Credit

Gift of Judith Alexander

Image Copyright

(c) Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta