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Lou Rawls Visits the Church of God in Christ, Memphis, July 1972

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Lou Rawls Visits the Church of God in Christ, Memphis, July 1972

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Ernest Withers
American, 1922–2007

Date

1972

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

2002.146

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

“I kept house long enough, I don’t want to be bothered by nobody ’cept self,” was how Rowe put her decision not to marry for a third time nor to seek further employment as a domestic worker. She got a kick out of household goods that cleverly and joyfully articulated the easing of domestic duties, like a napkin she saw at her niece’s that bore the phrase that is the title of this work.

Credit

Gift of Panopticon Gallery, Waltham, MA, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Withers in loving memory of their sons, Wendell Jacob Withers, Ernest C. Withers, Jr, Dedrick (Teddy) Withers, Dyral Withers