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Untitled [Portrait of Sheriff Bobby Joe McDermitt]

Alfred McMoore

(Akron, Ohio, 1950 - 2009, Akron, Ohio)

1995

Graphite and colored pencil on paper

28 1/4 in. x 22 1/8 in. (71.76 cm x 56.2 cm)

Museum Acquisition Fund

1995.3

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McMoore obsessively depicted funerals and funeral processions, peopling them with a repeating cast of characters. His drawings disregard certain gender-specific attributes: all his male deputies, for instance, wear dangle earrings and high heels. Developmentally handicapped and schizophrenic, McMoore was able to live independently and pursue his art under the supervision of Community Support Services, an Akron mental health agency. He usually drew in a scroll format on rolls of paper 5 feet tall and up to 120 feet long. His frequent use of the phrase “black key” in conversation inspired the name of the Akron band The Black Keys. The duo also borrowed a phrase McMoore used to describe himself, “McMoore McLesst,” as the name of their music publishing company.

Marks

Signed in pencil LL: "ALFRED MCMOORE MCLESST"

Keywords
African American
Folk Art
Law Enforcement