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Apollo in Irons ("I need a new nigga for this black cloud to follow, 'cause while it's over me it's too dark...

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Frohawk Two-Feathers, Apollo in Irons, from the series It's Yours
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

Not On View
Frohawk Two Feathers
American (1976- )
Place made: 
North America; United States; New York; New York City
Apollo in Irons ("I need a new nigga for this black cloud to follow, 'cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow."), from the series It's Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and other Conflicts 1782-1797, 2012
Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on paper
Frame: 34 in x 26 1/2 in; 86.4 cm x 67.3 cm; Sheet: 29 3/4 in x 22 1/4 in x 1 in; 75.6 cm x 56.5 cm x 2.5 cm
Purchase with the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund
MH 2012.19

In his paintings Frohawk Two Feathers gives us a glimpse into a fantastical world, an alternate version of history in which 18th-century France and England have joined forces to become an unstoppable colonial power. Two Feathers depicts characters and scenes from this strange yet familiar world, often focusing on colonized peoples and places. His subjects seem simultaneously historical and contemporary. In this painting, the character Apollo wears a white wig reminiscent of 18th-century French nobility and his wrists are shackled with old-fashioned manacles. Yet his heavily tattooed face, painted nails, and even the title of the painting are drawn from contemporary pop culture.

-Kendra Weisbin, Associate Curator of Education, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)