Bearden 100

#85 The Medley - October 1935
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Steffani Jemison

The Medley - October 1935

Like most of us, I know Bearden best as an artist who works with painting and collage. But I like this illustration from The Medley—in which an oblivious math professor lectures to a classroom full of grown men—because it reminds me of the breadth of Bearden's intellectual interests. In school, he studied philosophy, mathematics, and education as well as fine art; he worked as a social worker and soldier before pursuing art full time; and his art practice included non-objective paintings as well as illustrations, drawings, and collages.

Steffani Jemison

Brooklyn, NY

Affirmations for Living 8.5" x 11" Inkjet print on paper, found paper, glazing, hanging hardware 2011

Steffani Jemison received a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent and current exhibitions include Museum as Hub: Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus: Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2011); A Present In Print at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen, Denmark (2012); Fore at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2012); Such is Your Luck at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (2012); and Resonance and Repetition at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2012). Jemison is the editor of Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary works by visual artists. She has completed artist residences at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (2012), the Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace (2012), Project Row Houses (2010-2011), the Core Program (2009-2011), and others. She is currently a 2012-2013 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and a Visiting Lecturer at Wellesley College.