Cabeza Cantando (Singing Head)

Maker and role
Artist: Elizabeth Catlett, American, 1915-2012
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Object detail

7 x 5 1/4 x 8 1/4in (17.8 x 13.3 x 21cm)
Credit line
Museum purchase with the Victor and Peggy Barton Creighton Charitable Trust
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Further information
Confident and unrestrained, a woman with broad cheekbones, simplified features, and hair drawn back opens her mouth in song. Catlett's work eloquently expresses her African American identity and her adopted home of Mexico. A graduate of Howard University and University of Iowa, Catlett married Mexican artist Francisco Mora (1922-2002) and lived the rest of her life in Mexico. She once said, "I am inspired by black people and Mexican people, my two peoples."
Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art; René Paul Barilleaux, Lowery Stokes Sims (b.1949); 2018; p. 8, 10
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Signed, at rear of neck truncation: E C
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