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Runaways

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American (Bronx, NY born 1960)
Runaways, 1993
Portfolio
American
,
20th century
Lithograph
each sheet: 40.5 x 30.4 cm (15 15/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
PP 1/3
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
, 2008.95
Description
Portfolio of ten lithographs with paper folded cover.
Commentary
The work of Glenn Ligon draws upon the history of African American culture, from slavery through contemporary popular culture. The ten lithographs in the portfolio "Runaways" revise in format and narrative structure fugitive slave posters of the mid-nineteenth century. Each depicts a black figure above a text describing a run-away slave named Glenn. The artist asked friends to provide verbal accounts of him, as though reporting his disappearance to the police. The descriptions eerily replicate the language of the slave trade in America, thus pointing its legacy and reverberations in contemporary black life.
Marks
signed: l.r. each sheet in pencil: Glenn Ligon '93
inscription: l.r. margin of each sheet in pencil: Glenn Ligon '93
inscription: l.l. margin of each sheet in pencil: PP 1/3
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