Promised Land

Willie Burch

About the Print

Urban Street Scene — Diversity-rich Brooklyn, NY is  home to many religious groups. In this scene, members  of a Black Jewish congregation stand in front of a store front house of worship.

Willie Burch

Born November 26, 1942
New Orleans, LA
About the Artist

New Orleans-born painter and sculptor Willie Birch earned a BA from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA, and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Birch’s work has been exhibited at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; McKinney Avenue Contemporary Museum, Dallas; and The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, among other institutions. His work is in major public collections including the Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN; The Delaware Contemporary; Harlem Hospital Center and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 

Curriculum Connections

Suggested Topics for World History and Visual Literacy

World History, Visual Literacy

The archives of history have manifold reference points and are opening up to public access to offer new narratives based on the documents and evidence that exist, including first- person notes and recorded interviews. As new resources become available and new evidence comes to light, an “archival fever” has arisen among artists who incorporate found photographs and documents into their artwork and offer profound, documented evidence and versions of history that may have been hidden, denied, or misrepresented previously.

Our abilities as viewers to understand the messages and connections that the artists hope their imagery will convey is largely based on the extent of our own experi- ences and information that we bring to viewing and interpreting the artwork. In many countries, these types of messages are not brought to broad public attention and are often considered subversive.

Questions to Consider