Some Black Parisians by Glenn Ligon
Glenn Ligon’s Some Black Parisians project consists of twelve large scale neons structures that highlight the names of models, artists, performers, and writers who played a part in important French artworks in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Josephine Baker and Alexandre Dumas are well known, while others – such as Laure, who was Olympia’s flower-bearing maid in one Manet’s most important works – remain relatively obscure. Few studies acknowledge her.
“Invisibility so visible” is the fate of many black figures in French art, and Some Black Parisians is an attempt to celebrate their lives by bringing their names to “light”.