We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965 - 85

A Sourcebook

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Brooklyn Museum / Duke University Press, 2017. Paperback, 318pp., 8 x 10.5 inches

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Published in tandem with the Brooklyn Museum's exhibit We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, this Sourcebook republishes an array of rare and little-known documents from the period by artists, writers, and cultural critics, demonstrating the diversity of black women's engagement with art and politics during this period.

This sourcebook showcases the work of black women artists such as Emma Amos, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O'Grady, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, and Betye Saar, making it one of the first major exhibitions to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color. In so doing, it reorients conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history in this significant historical period.

Also presented in the book are an array of rare and little-known documents from the period by artists, writers, cultural critics, and art historians such as Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, bell hooks, Lucy R. Lippard, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Lowery Stokes Sims, Alice Walker, and Michelle Wallace. These documents include articles, manifestos, and letters from significant publications as well as interviews, some of which are reproduced in facsimile form. The Sourcebook also includes archival materials, rare ephemera, and an art-historical overview essay. Helping readers to move beyond standard narratives of art history and feminism, this volume will ignite further scholarship while showing the true breadth and diversity of black women’s engagement with art, the art world, and politics from the 1960s to the 1980s.