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I Have Special Reservations

Elizabeth Catlett

Contemporary Art

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.
MEDIUM Linocut on cream wove paper
DATES 1946
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite below image at lower right: "E Catlett '46"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed in graphite below image at lower left: "19/20 I have special reservations ..."; and at bottom of sheet at lower left: "12."
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
EDITION Edition: 19/20
CREDIT LINE Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 1996.47.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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