5 Black Female Artists Who Broke The Stained Glass Painted Ceiling

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Betye Saar

Born 1926

Documentary Screening Of "Betye Saar: Ready To Be A Warrior" And Special Salute To Los Angeles Renowned Artist

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Betye Saar was born in 1926 and was a member of the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s. Saar is known for assemblage work (a collection of objects), and more specifically for creating pieces that challenge current societal norms.

Saar’s most famous work is The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, which depicts the famous namesake character holding a rifle and grenade in the fight against violence against Black folks, and stereotyping at large. Saar is also known for pieces that incorporate personal items from her ancestors, creating a tactile and three-dimensional look at Black historical experiences.

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