Glenn Ligon. Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1. 2000

Glenn Ligon Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1 2000

  • Not on view

Graduating Girl (Version 2) #1 belongs to a series of works by Ligon based on coloring books created in the 1970s by, for, and about Black people. These publications provided opportunities for positive intergenerational self-representation during the civil rights era. They featured drawings of both notable figures, including Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X, and anonymous characters engaged in everyday activities, such as children blowing bubbles. “The coloring books fascinated me because they were so clearly linked with the project of black liberation,” Ligon explained. “Any depiction of a black person . . . was a little revolution because it meant that our histories, stories, images and heroes mattered.”

Ligon asked children between the ages of three and nine to color images from the historic coloring books, then created paintings inspired by their drawings. In his practice, Ligon often transforms images and words through repetition and reproduction. Here, the image has been filtered through the passage of more than two decades, the children’s coloring choices, and Ligon’s interpretation of their images.

Gallery label from Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes Gund, 2018
Medium
Silkscreen ink and oil crayon on canvas
Dimensions
48 x 36" (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
Credit
Gift of Agnes Gund in honor of Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans
Object number
1183.2012
Copyright
© 2021 Glenn Ligon
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Installation views

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].

Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/circulating-film.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].