The Liberation of Aunt Jemima
The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, 1972

This image appears in African American Art, plate 92.

Betye Saar
painter, graphic artist, mixed media, educator

Saar was born in Los Angeles, California in 1926. She studied at Pasadena City College, University of California, Long Beach State College, and the University of Southern California. After receiving her art degrees, she became a teacher in residence at Hayward State College in California.

Although, Saar's work from the 1960s and 1970s reflects an effort to develop a personal artistic style to challenge the distinctions of "high" art through assemblages of "found objects" and autobiographical references, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima represents her engagement the Black Arts social call to subvert racial stereotypes.

Boston Museum of Fine Art, 1968
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1969
La Jolla Museum, 1970
Whitney Museum of American Art, 1971
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1972