for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Illustrated by
Davis, Paul Brooks, American, born 1938
Subject of
Dr. Shange, Ntozake, American, 1948 - 2018
Booth Theatre, American, founded 1913
Date
1976
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Taking the Stage
Medium
ink on paper.
Dimensions
H x W: 46 1/8 × 22 15/16 in. (117.2 × 58.3 cm)
Description
An illustrated poster for the choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” by Ntosake Shange, featuring a painted, three quarters profile, upper body portrait of a young woman wearing a yellow head scarf, yellow tank top and gold and feather earrings. The portrait is of Ntozake Shange. She is standing against a white tile subway wall which has a single red tile stripe at the base of the wall. The main poster text is written in rainbow-colored, cursive, paint brushstrokes with simulated paint drips, and text reads, [For / Colored / Girls / who have / Considered / Suicide / When / The / Rain- / bow / is / Enuf]. In the top right corner is a box painted to appear like small tiles with white text against a dark red background that reads, [BOOTH THEATRE / 222 W. 45TH ST.] followed by a white, right pointing arrow. The artist's signature is in that bottom right corner, against a white tile.
Place depicted
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Type
posters
Topic
Drama (Theatre)
Feminism
Gender
Identity
Poetry
Sexuality
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wopo Holup
Object number
2013.85.3
Restrictions & Rights
© The New York Shakespeare Festival. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59841d4c4-a1f4-42b8-a75f-2ca3e0a0fca2
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