Your Child the Truth
by: A.T.&T., the Chicago Public Art Group, Gallery
50th Street and Cottage Grove in the Jessie "Ma" Houston
An African mask is surrounded by figures celebrating the life
of Jessie "Ma" Houston, a prisoner rights activist.
Muralists all face a big challenge: how do you make lots of things
on a huge space hold together as one picture.
Williams certainly had that problem. His mural is huge (100 feet
long) and really doesn't hold together so well. You might find
it a bit dizzying. The figures get a little lost in the background
of bright red diamonds, and it is kind of hard to see how the
mask fits with the seated lady. Maybe too many people had too
much to say about what went into the mural. Compare it with "Black
Women Emerging" farther north on King Drive where the artist
seems to fit many portraits together so they make one continuous