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Wanabe Hotel (Red Family)

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Robyn Johnson-Ross
oil on canvas
66 1/4 × 70 1/16 × 1 9/16 in. (168.2 × 178 × 4 cm)
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Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Three generations of a Black family sit around a table. The woman on the left balances a child in her lap while the man, at center, holds an empty bottle in his large hand while smoking a cigarette. A petite elderly woman on the right rests her clasped hands on the table, her eyes obscured behind thick glasses. Their weary facial expressions and the somber atmosphere serves as a contrast to the bright jewel tones in the painting. These details prompt questions about the immediate context: where is the Wanabe Hotel, and what brought the family there? The presence of all three generations raises further queries about the family’s past—represented by the grandmother—as well as their future, symbolized by the child.
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