I am the black woman

Created by
Catlett, Elizabeth, Mexican, 1915 - 2012
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Date
1946-1947; printed 1989
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
Medium
ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image with title): 5 1/2 × 4 in. (14 × 10.2 cm)
H x W (image): 5 1/8 × 3 15/16 in. (13 × 10 cm)
H x W (sheet): 9 11/16 × 6 5/8 in. (24.6 × 16.8 cm)
Caption
This series of fifteen linocuts by Mexican and American artist Elizabeth Catlett was first produced in 1946-47, under the series title "I Am the Negro Woman." This edition was reprinted by the artist in 1989 with the updated title "I am the Black Woman." The series declares a narrative about the black woman in America, with each image and title presenting one phrase of the narrative.
Description
This color linocut depicts a close-up of a woman's face. The face is turned a quarter turn away from the viewer. There is a handwritten title below the image in pencil. It is signed by the artist on the bottom right. The back is blank.
Place made
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Portfolio/Series
The Black Woman (formerly the Negro Woman)
Classification
Visual Arts
Type
linocuts
Topic
Art
Identity
Resistance
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Winifred Hervey
Object number
2017.21.1
Restrictions & Rights
© 2020 Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd57db47c98-c348-44d1-ac8a-525edf5a8031
2 image(s)