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Angela Libre

Artist
Elizabeth Catlett, 15 Apr 1915 - 2 Apr 2012
Sitter
Angela Davis, born 26 Jan 1944
Date
1972
Type
Print
Medium
Screenprint on foil
Dimensions
Sheet: 60 × 68.8 cm (23 5/8 × 27 1/16")
Mat: 81.3 × 86.4 cm (32 × 34")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Catlett-Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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