[Untitled] (Crowd/The Fire Next Time)
In this piece, spelled out in sparkling coal crystals are the words “something in me wondered ‘What will happen to all that beauty?’” This quotation from a 1962 essay by James Baldwin (reprinted the following year in the volume The Fire Next Time) is set over a blurred black-and-white image from the Million Man March, a gathering of black social activists in Washington, D.C., in 1995. The accumulation of crystals suggests the mass of participants in this historical event as viewed from above, while the juxtaposition of Baldwin’s text and the image of the march—cultural events separated by over three decades—reminds us of the still-ongoing dialogue about race in America.
- Artist: Glenn Ligon, American, born 1960
- Printers: Dusica Kirjakovic; and Marc Lepson, born U.S.A., 1970
- Medium: Screenprint with coal crystals on paper
- Dates: 2000
- Dimensions: sheet: 19 5/8 x 27 11/16 in. (49.8 x 70.3 cm); image: 12 x 18 1/8 in. (30.5 x 46.0 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right in graphite: "Glenn Ligon"
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 2000.56
- Edition: 3/30
- Credit Line: Alfred T. White Fund
- Rights Statement: © Glenn Ligon, Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
- Caption: Glenn Ligon (American, born 1960). [Untitled] (Crowd/The Fire Next Time), 2000. Screenprint with coal crystals on paper, sheet: 19 5/8 x 27 11/16 in. (49.8 x 70.3 cm);. Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 2000.56. © Glenn Ligon, Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
- Record Completeness: Good (64%)