In the 1970s, Betye Saar emerged as part of the Black Arts Movement and remains best known for her collage and assemblage works that challenge racial stereotypes. Her success continues through her own work and that of her daughters, Lezley and Alison, who also engage with themes of race, gender, spirituality, and identity. Delve into their historic body of work and learn techniques for working with their art in your classroom.
Image: Lezley Saar, Zerpenta Dambullah: Born under the shade of a black willow tree in New Orleans in 1826 sat on a rock turning rain into tobacco smoke (detail), 2019. Acrylic on fabric with fringing, braided tassels, and curtain rod, 68 x 40 in. Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by Emily Leff and James Davis III, 2019.98. Photo: August Augustsson, courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery.