Yes, Yes!


Artist
Reginald Gammon, Jr. (American, March 31 1921 – November 4 2005)
Date
1983
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Sheet : 11 x 15 in. (27.94 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Haight
Object Number
2018.3.213

Label
During the early years of World War II, Reginald Gammon worked in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyards by day while taking art classes at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art by night. After serving in an all Black naval unit from 1944 to 1946, Gammon worked a variety of day jobs in Philadelphia and New York City but continued to pursue his interest in art at night and on the weekends. In the 1960s, Gammon joined Spiral, an African American art group in New York City that sought to incorporate art into the Civil Rights movement, and was a founding member of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition that fought against racial discrimination in the arts. Gammon joined the art faculty at Western Michigan University in 1970, and taught there until his retirement in 1991. Throughout his artistic career, Gammon drew inspiration from African American history and culture. This print depicting an enthusiastic audience member cheering a jazz performance is one of many images Gammon created to celebrate African American music in particular. 

Object Type
Print