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The Jerome Project (My Loss)

Titus Kaphar

Contemporary Art

Titus Kaphar created this body of work based on dozens of mugshots of incarcerated men who share the first and last name of his father, Jerome. The resulting series of portraits reflects the disproportionate effect that mass incarceration has on Black people and memorializes the experiences of distance and separation commonly felt by families with loved ones in prison.

Each figure appears before a gold-leaf ground that recalls the Byzantine tradition of icon painting. The thick layers of tar encroach upon the subject, representing the harm and the long-term effects of life under the carceral state.
MEDIUM Oil, gold leaf, and tar on wood panel
DATES 2014
DIMENSIONS a, in travel frame: 214 lb. (97.07kg) b, in travel frame: 234 lb. (106.14kg) a, in display/storage vitrine: 365 lb. (165.56kg) a: 76 1/2 × 59 1/2 × 3 3/4 in. (194.3 × 151.1 × 9.5 cm) Vitrine for a : 68 3/4 × 84 3/4 × 9 1/8 in. (174.6 × 215.3 × 23.2 cm) b: 76 1/2 × 59 1/2 × 3 3/4 in. (194.3 × 151.1 × 9.5 cm) Vitrine for b: 68 3/4 × 84 1/2 × 9  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2015.7a-b
CREDIT LINE William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Titus Kaphar
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CAPTION Titus Kaphar (American, born 1976). The Jerome Project (My Loss), 2014. Oil, gold leaf, and tar on wood panel, a, in travel frame: 214 lb. (97.07kg). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2015.7a-b. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, CUR.2015.7a-b_Shainman_Gallery_photo_TIK14.087.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2015.7a-b_Shainman_Gallery_photo_TIK14.087.jpg. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 2015
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Titus Kaphar (American, born 1976). <em>The Jerome Project (My Loss)</em>, 2014. Oil, gold leaf, and tar on wood panel, a, in travel frame: 214 lb. (97.07kg). Brooklyn Museum, William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2015.7a-b. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, CUR.2015.7a-b_Shainman_Gallery_photo_TIK14.087.jpg)