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[Untitled] (Crowd/The Fire Next Time)

Contemporary Art

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 of 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 historic event as viewed from above, while the juxtaposition of Baldwin’s words with the image of the march—separated by more than three decades—reminds us of the still-ongoing dialogue about race in America.
MEDIUM Screenprint with coal crystals on paper
DATES 2000
DIMENSIONS image: 12 × 18 1/8 in. (30.5 × 46 cm) sheet: 19 5/8 × 27 11/16 in. (49.8 × 70.3 cm) frame: 27 1/8 × 35 1/8 × 2 1/4 in. (68.9 × 89.2 × 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right in graphite: "Glenn Ligon"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Alfred T. White Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Glenn Ligon (American, born 1960). [Untitled] (Crowd/The Fire Next Time), 2000. Screenprint with coal crystals on paper, image: 12 × 18 1/8 in. (30.5 × 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 2000.56. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.56_transp5856.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 3/30
IMAGE overall, 2000.56_transp5856.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Glenn Ligon, Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
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