We wanted a revolution : black radical women, 1965-85 : a sourcebook

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  • "Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. It is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color--distinct from the primarily white, middle-class mainstream feminist movement--in order to reorient conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history in this significant historical period. Presenting a diverse group of artists and activists who lived and worked at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds, radical political movements, and profound social change, the exhibition features a wide array of work, including conceptual, performance, film, and video art, as well as photography, painting, sculpture, and printmaking."--Brooklyn Museum website, viewed April 11, 2017.


  • Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, April 21-September 17, 2017.
  • The artists represented in the exhibition include Emma Amos, Camille Billops, Kay Brown, Vivian E. Browne, Linda Goode Bryant, Beverly Buchanan, Carole Byard, Elizabeth Catlett, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Ayoka Chenzira, Christine Choy and Susan Robeson, Blondell Cummings, Julie Dash, Pat Davis, Jeff Donaldson, Maren Hassinger, Janet Henry, Virginia Jaramillo, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Lisa Jones, Loïs Mailou Jones, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Carolyn Lawrence, Samella Lewis, Dindga McCannon, Barbara McCullough, Ana Mendieta, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O'Grady, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Alva Rogers, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Coreen Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Ming Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems.
  • This "Sourcebook gathers selected writings in order to situate radical art-making within the broader sociopolitical context of the period. It highlights the artists' and writers' own voices, in primary sources and original documents pertaining to several significant historical events, activist artist groups, and key exhibitions."--Page 19.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-316).


  • Forward / Anne Pasternak -- Revolutionary hope: landmark writings, 1965-85 / Connie H. Choi -- Source 1 Why Spiral? (1966) / Jeanne Siegel -- 2 Any Day Now: Black Art and Black Liberation (1969) / Larry Neal -- 3 Africobra: African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, 10 in Search of a Nation (1970) / Jeff Donaldson -- 4 "Where We At" Black Women Artists (1972) / Kay Brown -- Race and women's liberation / Rujeko Hockley -- 5 An Argument for Black Women's Liberation as a Revolutionary Force (1969) / Mary Ann Weathers -- 6 What the Black Woman Thinks About Women's Lib (1971) / Toni Morrison -- 7 In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: The Creativity of Black Women in the South (1974) / Alice Walker -- 8 Black Feminism: A New Mandate (1974) / Margaret Sloan -- 9 A Litany for Survival (1978) / Audre Lorde -- Faith Ringgold's radical activism / Catherine Morris -- 10 For the Women's House: Interview with Faith Ringgold (1972) / Michele Wallace -- Collective artist actions in New York / Carmen Hermo -- 11 The Demands of Art Workers Coalition (1969) / Art Workers' Coalition -- 12 To the Viewing Public for the 1970 Whitney Annual Exhibition (undated) / Women Artists in Revolution, Women's Ad Hoc Committee, and Women Students and Artists for Black Art Liberation -- 13 Letter of withdrawal from Contemporary Black Artists in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971 (1971) / John Dowell, Sam Gilliam, Daniel Johnson, Joe Overstreet, Melvin Edwards, Richard Hunt, and William T. Williams -- 14 Letter in defense of the Judson Three (1971) / Flo Kennedy, Gerald Lefcourt, and Robert Projansky -- 15 Letter of support for the Judson Three (1971) / The Committee to Defend the Judson Three -- 16 Color Scheming (1981) / Lucy R. Lippard -- Just above midtown gallery / 17 Letter to her parents (1967) / Linda Goode Bryant -- 18 Cover artwork (undated) for Black Currant 1, no. 1 (May 1982) / Janet Henry -- 19 B Culture 1, no. 1 (1986) / Greg Tate and Craig Dennis Street -- 20 Interview with Linda Goode Bryant (1994) / Tony Whitfield -- Senga Nengudi's freeway fets / 21 Announcement card for Freeway Fets (1978) / Senga Nengudi -- Combahee River Collective / 22 Black Feminist Statement (1977) / The Combahee River Collective -- Struggling for diversity in heresies / 23 Letters between Combahee River Collective and Heresies Lesbian Issue Collective in "Women's Traditional Arts--The Politics of Aesthetics," Heresies, issue 4 (1978) -- 24 Third World Women Speak (1978) / Lowery Stokes Sims -- 25 Editorial Statement in "Third World Women--The Politics of Being Other," Heresies, issue 8 (1979) / Lula Mae Blocton, Yvonne Flowers, Valerie Harris, Zarina Hashmi, Virginia Jaramillo, Dawn Russell, and Naeemah Shabazz -- 26 Mlle Bourgeoise Noire Goes to the New Museum, in "The Women's Pages," Heresies, issue 14 (1982) / Lorraine O'Grady -- 27 Editorial Statement and Heresies Collective Statement in "Racism Is the Issue," Heresies, issue 15 (1982) / Vivian E. Browne, Cynthia Carr, Michele Godwin, Hattie Gossett, Carole Gregory, Sue Heinemann, Lucy R. Lippard, May Stevens, Cecilia Vicuña, and Sylvia Witts Vitale -- 28 Some Do's and Don'ts for Black Women Artists, in "Racism Is the Issue," Heresies, issue 15 (1982) / Emma Amos -- 29 Untitled, in "Racism Is the Issue," Heresies, issue 15 (1982) / Lorna Simpson -- 30 Black Dreams, in "Racism Is the Issue," Heresies, issue 15 (1982) / Ana Mendieta's dialetics of isolation / Stephanie Weissberg -- 31 Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States, excerpts (1980) ; Introduction / Ana Mendieta ; Artist's statement / Beverly Buchanan ; Janet Henry ; Senga Nengudi ; Howardena Pindell -- 32 On Making a Video--Free, White and 21 (1992) / Gender politics at the intersection of race, class and sexual identity / 33 Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers (1981) / Gloria Anzaldúa -- 34 Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde (1984) / James Baldwin and Audre Lorde -- Eighties / 35 Art (World) & Racism: Testimony, Documentation and Statistics (1987) / bHowardena Pindell -- 36 Confession--Filming Family: An Interview with Artist and Filmmaker Camille Billops (1996) / bell hooks -- 37 Photo spread of Rodeo Caldonia (1987) -- 38 She Came with the Rodeo (1994) / Lisa Jones
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