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Revolutionary (Angela Davis)

Wadsworth A. Jarrell

Contemporary Art

On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
In 1968, Wadsworth Jarrell co-founded COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists) with his spouse, fashion designer Jae Jarrell, and artists Barbara Jones-Hogu, Jeff Donaldson, and Gerald Williams. Not only did women play central roles in the prominent Black Arts Movement collective—which would later be renamed AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists)—but they were also iconic leaders in the Black Power Movement.

Here Jarrell celebrates the renowned radical activist and intellectual Angela Y. Davis, who continues to be a leader in the fight for racial, gender, and economic justice around the world. Incorporating Davis’s words, Black Power slogans, and AfriCOBRA’s signature vibrant colors, the portrait depicts the intensity and power of her activism.
MEDIUM Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
DATES 1971
DIMENSIONS 64 x 51 in. (162.6 x 129.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed LR
INSCRIPTIONS Note attached to canvas of 2012.80.18, lower center, recto: “This is a replica of a revolutionary suit designed by Jae Jarrell in early 1969 for Africobra. 1. This suit is designed to reflect the present struggle of black people in the U.S.A. When Chuck jumps on and bastardize it as he does everything else we do, I want you to know he stole it from black giants - Africobra. Everytime one of our sisters wear one of Chucks stolen designs, they are helping to advertise Africobra. This suit is not for hunkies, strickly for black people in the present revolution, with a show of force for liberation”.
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.80.18
CREDIT LINE Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Wadsworth Jarrell
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CAPTION Wadsworth A. Jarrell (American, born 1929). Revolutionary (Angela Davis), 1971. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 64 x 51 in. (162.6 x 129.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 2012.80.18. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.80.18_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2012.80.18_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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