I Have Special Reservations
On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
This image of segregation is part of The Black Woman series, which Elizabeth Catlett produced at the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico City in 1946. Like the great Mexican muralists, Catlett was committed to art in service of a larger social good. This series commemorates the historical oppression, resistance, and survival of African American women in various settings—quietly heroic at work, as mothers, and as activists.
Linocut on cream wove paper
Sheet: 15 1/8 x 11 3/8 in. (38.4 x 28.9 cm)
Image: 6 3/8 x 6 5/16 in. (16.2 x 16 cm) (show scale)
Signed in graphite below image at lower right: "E Catlett '46"
Inscribed in graphite below image at lower left: "19/20 I have special reservations ..."; and at bottom of sheet at lower left: "12."
Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
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Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915-2012). I Have Special Reservations, 1946. Linocut on cream wove paper, Sheet: 15 1/8 x 11 3/8 in. (38.4 x 28.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 1996.47.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.47.2_PS2.jpg)
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