What does this say?
There is a strong relationship between text and image in this print. Jones-Hogu has formed the background out of the repeated word "UNITE." The image conveys the sense of energy and community within the AfriCOBRA coalition.
The Black Power fist was a popular image with artist of the group. It communicates volumes with a single gesture. If you look closely, you'll see a woman wearing an ankh earring, which was a popular symbol for its connection to Africa.
Why is the light on these artworks so much darker than the light on other art in this gallery?
You're very perceptive. Works on paper, like these prints (watercolors would also fall into this category) are very sensitive to light and fade very easily. The light is kept low to help preserve the artworks. Works on paper cannot be exposed to light for long periods of time either. After this exhibition they will be returned to dark storage to "rest."
Okay. Thank you. I noticed the dresses are displayed nearby. Does fabric have the same light issues?
Textiles do share a lot of the same concerns. Temperature and humidity are also major considerations.