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

  • Image for for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
  • Image for for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
2 images
Illustrated by
Davis, Paul Brooks, American, born 1938
Subject of
Dr. Shange, Ntozake, American, 1948 - 2018
Booth Theatre, American, founded 1913
Medium
ink on paper.
Dimensions
H x W: 46 1/8 × 22 15/16 in. (117.2 × 58.3 cm)
Type
posters
Place depicted
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1976
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.
Topic
African American
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.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition
Taking the Stage
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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