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UNIA
UNIA
Printer:
Publisher:
Date:
2003
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Color Aquatint Etching With Color Photocopy Chine Colle And Velvet
Dimensions:
Sheet: 559 x 762 mm (22 x 30 in.)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Accession Number:
2015.37.23
Acquisition Date:
2015-10-07
Credit Line:

Foundation purchase, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions

The print pays tribute to Marcus Garvey and his United Negro Improvement Agency [UNIA] which formed a critical link in black America's long struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. "Garveyism," evolved into a religion of success, inspiring millions of black people worldwide who sought relief from racism and colonialism. To strengthen his movement, Garvey created a shipping line, "The Black Star Line," which is referenced by the star-shaped photograph in the center of the print. Surrounded by rectangular blocks, in shimmering blue-grays and soft greens and soft lines reminiscent of rope twisted into a sailors knot, and a cage-like grid. Blocks of bright green, red, and silver velvet punctuate the composition printed on tan paper.