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    Pretty Is… A Little Black Girl

    2002
    Lithograph
    38 in. x 27 in.
    2002.006.02


    In this self-portrait, McIver portrays herself as a child in blackface make-up standing alone in front of a clown painting. She explained “As a child I had dreamed of becoming a clown to escape my black skin, poverty and the housing project I once called home. Clowning was my disguise, my liberation.” As in much of her work, this image confronts black stereotypes as well as gender and social identities. McIver worked with the Segura Publishing Company to produce it.
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    Pretty Is… A Little Black Girl, 2002
    Beverly McIver
    Lithograph
    38 in. x 27 in.
    Purchased from the Segura Publishing Archives by the Scottsdale Cultural Council 2002.006.02

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