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West Indian Day Parade

Dindga McCannon

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Dindga McCannon captures the vibrancy and energy of the West Indian Day Parade that has been celebrated in the streets surrounding the Brooklyn Museum since the mid-1960s. Rather than depict the locality of central Brooklyn, McCannon sets the parade (which she frequented in its earliest years) in a stylized landscape with patches of celestial blue sky and layers of earth that recall a pan-African heritage. Each elongated figure draws inspiration from the extravagant costumes and festivities that enliven Eastern Parkway.
MEDIUM Acrylic, African fabric, polyester fabric
DATES 1976
DIMENSIONS 52 × 89 in. (132.1 × 226.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2020.26
CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Dindga McCannon
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CAPTION Dindga McCannon (American, born 1947). West Indian Day Parade, 1976. Acrylic, African fabric, polyester fabric, 52 × 89 in. (132.1 × 226.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2020.26. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2020.26_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2020.26_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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Dindga McCannon (American, born 1947). <em>West Indian Day Parade</em>, 1976. Acrylic, African fabric, polyester fabric, 52 × 89 in. (132.1 × 226.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2020.26. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2020.26_PS11.jpg)