Vanessa German, American, born 1977. No Water Cleanser, 2016. Mixed-media assemblage. 75 x 32 x 20 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, and gift of Justice and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams, by exchange, gift of Mr. Harold Frank, by exchange, 2017.53

Featured Acquisition

Vanessa German

Vanessa German is a multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is founder of Love Front Porch and ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of Homewood, the historic African American neighborhood. In creating her art, she is actively involved with the community, using found objects brought to her or involving youth and adults in actually making parts of her sculptures. No Water Cleanser, a recent museum purchase, is an example of one of German’s “power figures,” several of which will be on view in the exhibition Vanessa German: Miracles and Glory Abound. In addition to being an artist, German is also a poet and performer. She wrote the following verses about this sculpture:

No Water Cleanser... (i come to do a violence to the lie.)

For the rages, for the cages, for the unrelenting need to forgive one’s own self, for love, for past, present, future soul & body, for loving, for rising up, for containing the rages & not littering the streets with them; here we are in the mood & the mood is deep blue nearly black & Black & all wrapped up in twine, the mood is. HOLY. The mood comes in from the inside of the inside places & rises up without the need for conscious muscle. 

No Water Cleanser, because water is not money. 

No Water Cleanser, because there are other forces of cleansing. 

No Water Cleanser for all that can be done with one’s own hands in the efforts of clarity.

—Vanessa German

Vanessa German, American, born 1977. No Water Cleanser, 2016. Mixed-media assemblage. 75 x 32 x 20 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, and gift of Justice and Mrs. G. Mennen Williams, by exchange, gift of Mr. Harold Frank, by exchange, 2017.53

Acquisitions

Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela
South African, born 1966
My Father’s Spirit, 2017
Glass beads sewn onto fabric
17 x 18 1/2 inches
Museum purchase with funds donated in honor of Barbara J White, lifelong artist, avid traveler, devoted wife and mother, 2018.20
Tom Blackwell
American, born 1938
Swiss Miss, 2008
Oil on canvas
60 × 40 inches
Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2018.21 
Tom Blackwell
American, born 1938
Red Lightning, 2002
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches
Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2018.22
Mark Goings
American, born 1954
‘68 Dodge Coronet, 2012
Watercolor on paper
10 3/8 x 20 1/2 inches
Gift of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, 2018.23 
Ron Kleemann
American, 1937–2014
Navy Ate Your Life, 2009
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Gift of Louis K. Meisel and Estate of Ron Kleeman, 2018.24
Yigal Ozeri
Israeli, born 1958
Untitled; Sonia, 2017
Oil on canvas
36 x 54 inches
Gift of Louis K. Meisel and Susan P. Meisel, 2018.25 
Kris Kuksi
American, born 1973
A Neo-Minoan Landscape, 2017
Mixed media assemblage
19 × 38 × 8 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.26 
Artist Unknown
Ceremonial Axe, n.d.
Wood and vine
20 × 18 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.27 
Artist Unknown
Ceremonial Axe, n.d.
Wood and vine
27 × 20 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.28 
Abelam People
Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Region
Yam Mask, n.d.
Fiber
14 × 15 × 8 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.29 
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
American, 1867–1959
Manufactured by Oakbrook Esser Studios
Midway Gardens Dancing Glass, n.d.
Clear and flashed opal glass with solid zinc channel construction, floated with silver and tin
33 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2018.30 
Saburo Funakoshi
Japanese, born 1931
Snow Flake II, 1980’s–1990’s
Glass
10 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2018.31 
Charles Bird King
American, 1785–1862
Pes-Ke-Le-Cha-Co, A Pawnee Chief, 1841
Hand colored lithograph on paper
19 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson 2018.32 
Kelly Reemtsen
American, born 1967
The Break Out, 2017
Woodcut and screenprint on paper
30 × 30 inches
Gift of Kelly Reemtsen and David Klein Gallery, 2018.33 
Kelly Reemtsen
American, born 1967
Tighten Up, 2017
Woodcut and screenprint on paper
30 × 30 inches
Gift of Kelly Reemtsen and David Klein Gallery, 2018.34 
David Ligare
American, born 1945
Still Life with Rock and Leaf, 1994
Oil on canvas
20 × 24 inches
Gift of Barbara and William Hyland, Monterey, California 2018.35
Paola
Italian
Necklace, n.d.
Glass
35 inches
Gift of Lynne Hurand, 2018.36 
Horst Antes
German, born 1936
Figure 1000, 1987
Steel
87 x 35 1/2  x 26 1/4 inches
Gift of John and Sabina Szoke, 2018.38 
James Torlakson
American, born 1951
Moonlight on Box Cars, 1978
Aquatint etching on paper
8 7/8  x 12 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Jamile T. Lawand, 2018.39
Anne Chu
American, 1959–2016
From the series Nine Hellish Spirits, 2004
Smoke-fired ceramic, wire and wood
62 × 31 × 16 inches
Gift of Dr. Carl and Shirley Schwartz, Las Vegas, NV, 2018.40 
Sherrie Wolf
American, born 1952
Zebra with Cherry and Fava Bean, 2011
Etching, aquatint and photogravure on paper
15 × 11 inches
Gift of Max Lepler and Rex L. Dotson, 2018.41 
Kathryn Kennedy Sharbaugh
American, born 1948
Night Jump, 1999
Porcelain
8 × 5 × 2 inches
Gift of Jane M. Bingham in memory of Grayce M. Scholt, 2018.42 
Lazzaro Donati
Italian, 1926–1977
Figura in Grigio, n.d.
Oil on board
27 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches
Gift of Leo and Charna Seide, 2018.43 
John Benson
American
Dragon Guy, 2017
Linocut on paper
7 × 5 inches
Gift of the artist, 2018.44.1 
John Benson
American
Dragon Guy, 2017
Linoleum Block
7 × 5 inches
Gift of the artist, 2018.44.2 
John Dempsey
American, born 1950
Plant #31, Buick City, Flint, Michigan, 2009–2010
Acrylic on canvas
117 × 72 inches
Gift of Margo Lakin and John Dempsey, 2018.45
Sharon Sadan
Israeli
Roman glass necklace with silver chain and holder, n.d.
Silver and glass
24 inches
Gift of Lynne Hurand, 2018.37