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John Wilson talks about his sculpture, Eternal Presence
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[John Wilson]
Original Airdate: 10/1/1987

Length: 00:03:05
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Visual: Footage of John Wilson (sculptor) saying that he has always expressed himself through art.

Marcus Jones reports that Wilson grew up in Roxbury, not far from the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA).

V: Shot of the exterior of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. Part of the yard is cordoned off.

Jones notes that a collection of his work is being featured at the Center.

V: Shot of Jones and Wilson walking through the Center. Shot of the foundation for Wilson's sculpture, outside of the Center. The area is cordoned off.

Jones notes that Wilson has created a sculpture called Eternal Presence; that the sculpture will stand outside of the Center.

V: Shots of the sculpture. Audio of Wilson describing it as a seven-foot high head of a black person. Footage of Wilson talking about the sculpture. Wilson says that he wants the sculpture to be evocative and confrontational.
Footage of Elma Lewis (Artistic Director, NCAAA) saying that a man's culture must be understood by himself and others. Footage of Lewis addressing spectators in the gallery featuring Wilson's work. Lewis says that the sculpture will be installed on the lawn of the museum on October 4, 1987. Lewis tells a story about how she told a neighborhood boy that the museum was putting a sculpture of a boy like him on the lawn of the museum.
Shots of the sculpture.
Footage of Wilson saying that he is happy with the sculpture; that he will be interested in the response to the sculpture. Shot of Jones and Wilson talking. Wilson stands on one side of the sculpture. Jones stands on the other. Jones examines the sculpture.

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