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Meta Warrick Fuller’s artwork celebrated African American heritage and cultural identity, and resisted stereotypical representations in her depictions of the black body.
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Artist Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) moved to Paris from Philadelphia in 1899 to study sculpture, where she began creating her expressive and groundbreaking artwork, which celebrated African American heritage and cultural identity, and resisted stereotypical representations in her depictions of the black body. She elevated African American history through the first federal art commission awarded to an African American, and in other exhibitions, including at several world fairs. UNLADYLIKE2020 brings her story of artistic trailblazing back to life through rare archival imagery, captivating original artwork and animation, and interviews with Renée Ater, Associate Professor Emerita, American Art, The University of Maryland and author of Remaking Race and History: The Sculpture of Meta Warrick Fuller, and sculptor Alison Saar, whose artwork focuses on the African diaspora and black female identity.
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