“All my pieces are the forces of the gods speaking through me. These are not preconceived works, therefore I am not the creator but the medium through which their will comes forth.”
— Tonnie Jones, 1969
Self-taught artist Tonnie Jones created this sculptural figure during the height of the Black Power movement, a social and political alliance that advocated for racial pride and equality for African Americans across the nation. Although much of the artist’s life is unknown, Fatima is one of three works by Jones displayed in the exhibition New Black Artists at the Brooklyn Museum in October 1969. New Black Artists was curated with the intention of raising the question of “the role the Black experience plays in shaping the expression of Black artists.”
Out of Place marks the first time this work has been on display since it was on loan to the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1974.
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
This item is not on view
Tonnie Jones (American). Fatima, 1969. Oak, wax, 23 x 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 69.129. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.129_side1_bw.jpg)
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