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Glenn Ligon, Untitled (1991)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
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.
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Type: Commentary, object label
Source: Label text for Glenn Ligon, Untitled (1991), from the exhibition Black History Month, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009