11 Artworks By Black Radical Feminists Of The ’60s, ’70s And ’80s

by Rachel Withers

Jan van Raay (American, born 1942). Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. Digital C-print. Courtesy of Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay

As part of their A Year of Yes, Brooklyn Museum is exhibiting a collection art by black woman artists of an unrecognized generation, entitled We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85.

The new exhibit, part of a yearlong series of feminist exhibitions, includes over 200 works ranging from film to performance, sculpture to photography, and all created by radical black women of that revolutionary period.

Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of these images; we can’t wait to see more when it opens on April 21.

WWAR Lorna Simpson candid SL4 1Lorna Simpson (American, born 1960). Rodeo Caldonia (Left to Right: Alva Rogers, Sandye Wilson, Candace Hamilton, Derin Young, Lisa Jones), 1986. Photographic print, 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm). Courtesy of Lorna Simpson. © 1986 Lorna Simpson

EL154.056 WWAR BetyeSaar LiberationOfAuntJemima EL154.056 front PS11 2Betye Saar (American, born 1926). Liberation of Aunt Jemima: Cocktail, 1973. Mixed-media assemblage, 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 45.7 cm). Private collection. © Betye Saar, courtesy the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. (Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum)

2013.96 PS9 2Faith Ringgold (American, b. 1930). Early Works #25: Self-Portrait, 1965. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2013.96. © 1965 Faith Ringgold. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)

EL154.081 WWAR LornaSimpson Waterbearer 1986 LSimpson 350dpi 8bit 1Lorna Simpson (American, born 1960). Waterbearer, 1986. Gelatin silver print with vinyl lettering, 59 × 80 × 2¼ in. (149.9 × 203.2 × 5.7 cm). Courtesy of Lorna Simpson. © 1986 Lorna Simpson

EL154.04 WWAR Emma AmosPreparingforFaceLift1981cEmmaAmosCourtesyoftheartistandRYANLEENewYorkLicensedbyVAGANewYork 2Emma Amos (American, born 1938). Preparing for a Face Lift, 1981. Etching and crayon, 8 ¼ × 7 ¾ in. (21 × 19.7 cm). Courtesy of Emma Amos. © Emma Amos; courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE, New York. Licensed by VAGA, New York

EL154.074 WWAR CMW10.019 Mirror Mirro HR 1Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953). Mirror Mirror, 1987—88. Silver print, 24 ¬æ x 20 ¬æ in. (62.9 x 52.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. ¬© Carrie Mae Weems

EL154.003 WWAR EmmaAmosSandyandHerHusband1973cEmma AmosCourtesyoftheartistandRYANLEENewYorkLicensedbyVAGANewYorkEmma Amos (America, born 1938). Sandy and Her Husband, 1973. Oil on canvas, 44¼ x 50¼ in. (112.4 x 127.6 cm). Courtesy of Emma Amos. © Emma Amos; courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE, New York. Licensed by VAGA, New York.

EL154.041 WWAR AlexanderGray OGrady MBN Leaves Safety Home 1980 83 200917 1Lorraine O’Grady (American, born 1934). Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Goes to the New Museum, 1981. Performed at the New Museum, New York. Gelatin silver print, 9 ¬º x 7 in. (23.6 x 17.8 cm). Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates. ¬© 2017 Lorraine O’Grady / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

CUR.2007.15 1Ana Mendieta (American, born Cuba, 1948—1985). Untitled (Guanaroca [First Woman]), 1981/1994. Gelatin silver photograph, 53¬Ω x 39¬Ω in. (135.9 x 100.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stephanie Ingrassia, 2007.15. ¬© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

EL154.151 WWAR HeresiesBox8LonaFooteBlondellCummingsBlindDate1982001 cleanedLona Foote (American, 1948—1993). Blondell Cummings performing “Blind Dates” at Just Above Midtown Gallery, November 1982, 1982. Photograph, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries. ¬© Estate of Lona Foote, courtesy of Howard Mandel

The exhibit will run April 21- September 17, 2017 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (which is free on the first Saturday of the month!). Learn more at brooklynmuseum.org.  


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