Betye Saar. Lo, The Mystique City. 1965. Etching and aquatint with relief-printed found objects, image: 18 1⁄2 x 19 13⁄16” (47 x 50.4 cm); sheet: 19 13⁄16 x 22 15⁄16” (50.3 x 58.3 cm). The Candace King Weir Endowment for Women Artists. © Betye Saar, courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles © Betye Saar, courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Digital Image © 2019 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Photo by Rob Gerhardt

Betye Saar The Legends of Black Girl’s Window

MoMA October 21, 2019–January 2020

After nearly a decade of focused work in printmaking, artist Betye Saar created her autobiographical assemblage Black Girl’s Window in 1969. This exhibition explores the relation between her experimental print practice and the new artistic language debuted in that famous work, tracing themes of family, history, and mysticism, which have been at the core of Saar’s work from its earliest days. Celebrating the recent acquisition of 42 rare, early works on paper, this is the first dedicated examination of Saar’s work as printmaker.

Organized by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints, and Esther Adler, Associate Curator, with Ana Torok, Curatorial Assistant, and Nectar Knuckles, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Drawings and Prints.

Major support of the exhibition is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.

Generous funding is provided by the Alice L. Walton Foundation and the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art and the Annual Exhibition Fund.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.



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