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Angela Libre

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Date
1972
Object number
NPG.94.132
Exhibition Label
Elizabeth Catlett created this serial portrait of Angela Davis in 1972 during a period in which the twenty-eight-year-old political radical and university professor was incarcerated and awaiting trial in connection with a shoot-out outside a California courthouse that left a judge and three others dead. Davis had not been present but was alleged to have purchased the guns used in the incident. Catlett admired Davis's activism. Angry that Davis was being held without bail, she organized the "Free Angela Davis Committee" and created this print to support the cause. Davis was ultimately acquitted after a trial that made international headlines. Since then, she has continued to champion various social causes, including prison reform.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Artist
Elizabeth Catlett, 15 Apr 1915 - 2 Apr 2012
Sitter
Angela Davis, born 26 Jan 1944
Topic
Personal Attribute\Hairstyle\Afro
Angela Davis: Female
Angela Davis: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Angela Davis: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist
Portrait
Medium
Screenprint on foil
Dimensions
Sheet: 60 × 68.8 cm (23 5/8 × 27 1/16")
Mat: 81.3 × 86.4 cm (32 × 34")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Type
Print
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d311a3a2-f0e7-4660-8a65-4054fde7a717
Record ID
npg_NPG.94.132

Angela Libre

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