Paper collage. Gouache on board. Foreground shows 2 rows of women wearing elaborate hats, seen from behind; stage, flanked by red curtains, holds choir wearing red and white robes. At left, is choir leader conducting singers from a piano. Red-robed preacher with outstretched arms stands between choir and parishioners.
This collage was created by Allen Stringfellow in 1989 and was purchased by the Museum at the 25th Annual Benefit Auction for South Side Community Art Center. May 6, 1990.
This collage depicts a view of an African-American church interior on Ladies Day. It is likely that this collage is based on the artist's experience being raised by his religiously devout great-grandmother, who often took Stringfellow to her church during his youth in Champaign, Illinois.
This collage is by artist Allen Stringfellow. With scraps of paper and applications of glue, artist Stringfellow reconstructed the worlds he knew, which meant that most of his works dealt with the black experience in North America. Although born and raised in Champaign, Illinois, Stringfellow moved to Chicago after graduating from art school, where he established himself as an important part of the artistic community. During his career, Stringfellow taught pioneering artistic and printing techniques to students in Champaign and Chicago. As General Manager of the framing company Armand Lee and Co., he worked with the most prestigious designers in the country. A winner of numerous competitive awards, Stringfellow's work has been featured in a number of Chicago institutions, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Nicole Gallery.