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Revolutionary

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Created by
Jarrell, Wadsworth Aikens Sr., American, born 1929
Subject of
Davis, Angela, American, born 1944
Medium
printing ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 31 x 37 1/2 in. (78.7 x 95.3 cm)
Type
screen prints
portraits
Place made
Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
1972
Description
This print depicts Angela Davis, a major figure in the fight for civil rights, in a state of impassioned speech. Davis' face and figure is formed out of strings of brilliantly colored letters, some of which form words. These letters are generated from a central point and radiate outward. The multiple colors and shading of these letters create the planes and contours that make up Davis' face, hair, and upper torso. Viewed from below, she is a monumental figure, head thrust forward, with open mouth. Her right hand, holding a microphone or walkie-talkie, is held up near her mouth. She wears a pink jacket that fastens along the left side. The jacket hem is edged by a red cartridge bandolier.
Topic
African American
Art
Civil Rights
Local and regional
Politics (Practical)
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2010.3.1
Rights
© Wadsworth Jarrell
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Visual Arts
Exhibition
Visual Art and the American Experience
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture