Reclaiming Image Blackness African American

Please go to https://art21.org/artist/kerry-james-marshall/.

Find Kerry James Marshall and read his biography. Other links will lead you to slideshows and interviews with the artist. Then watch the video clips before answering the following discussion questions:

Kerry James Marshall says he wants to “reclaim the image of blackness as an image of power.”

What do you think he means and how does he try to do this? Consider what it means to reclaim the “image of blackness.” Reclaim it from what? What makes something an image of power?

What influences from the history of art can you see in his work?

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