Mellon fellow Garland Martin Taylor is a Chicago based sculptor with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute. He is a direct metal formalist who welds and shapes various metals, as well as materials such as bald cypress twigs, kinky hair, baseball stitching, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cut tacks, wood, and stone into large-scale abstract, functional, and socio-politically charged heirlooms inspired by his research and scholarship on 19th century black political cartoons. A core collaborator in a Mellon Fellowship at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the Univ. of Chicago, Taylor co- taught the course The Art and Politics of Black Death with Cathy J. Cohen of the University of Chicago, and Orlando Bagwell of University of California at Berkeley.
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