Bringing together more than forty works from the United States and Europe, this exhibition examines Barbara Chase-Riboud’s artistic career, focusing primarily on her important Malcolm X sculptures. Five works from that series—among them the Museum’s Malcolm X #3 of 1969—and five closely related sculptures are included.
Chase-Riboud conceived the first Malcolm X in early 1969 while in Paris, where she moved in late 1960 after completing a graduate degree in architecture at Yale University. Abstract sculptures that combine cast bronze with wrapped skeins of silk and wool, these wholly unique, over life-size works capture a single moment in an endless cycle of transformation. Harmonizing various contradictory associations, they combine the vertical and horizontal, mineral and organic, male and female, heavy and light, rigid and supple.
- Editor: Carlos Basualdo
- Contributors: Barbara Chase-Riboud, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Ellen Handler Spitz and John Vick
- Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013
- 120 pages, 12" x 11"
- ISBN: 9780876332467