Alison Saar: Uproot

Wed, 04/03/2024 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: PLC 180, reception to follow at the JSMA

Alison Saar is a Los Angeles based sculptor, mixed-media, and installation artist. Her artwork focuses on the African diaspora and Black female identity and is influenced by African, Caribbean, and Latin American folk art and spirituality. She will discuss her recent works, three of which are on view at the JSMA in Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and My Body, My Choice? Art and Reproductive Justice. Grow’d (2019), a life-sized, bronze statue depicting the literary character Topsy from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, monumentalizes the intersecting histories of cotton, slavery, and identity in the United States. Uproot and Plucked (2023), a pair of double-sided paintings on vintage cotton-picking bags, respond to the 2022 overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alison Saar’s visit is sponsored by Jordan D. Schnitzer.