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Title
untitled
Artist
Glenn Ligon
Date
1991
Dimensions
sheet 13.75 × 17.75 inches
Materials
screenprint on paper
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Prints (Edition Prints/Proofs)
Accession Number
1992.22.1-.2
Inscriptions
in black ink on rev. BL “Glenn Ligon” on each card
Physical Description
handwritten menu card for an event with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Image side of card lists skin “colors” in black block letters
Credit Line
Gift of Sage and John Cowles, 1992

object label Glenn Ligon, Untitled (1991) Walker Art Center, 1999

I was interested in the idea of invention and self-invention in autobiography as it speaks to counteracting essential notions of black identity. The ‘one’ that I am is composed of narratives that overlap, run parallel to, and often contradict one another.–Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon’s work, which has always centered on the power of the printed word (and often on its graphic impact), uses text to question identity. In Untitled, which was originally used as a menu cover, Ligon screenprints words that signify colors (“black,” “white,” “red”) to make us question our assumptions about race.

Label text for Glenn Ligon, Untitled (1991), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center