Betye Saar’s found object assemblage, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972), re-appropriates derogatory imagery as a means of protest and symbol of empowerment for black women. The show was organized around community responses to the 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. assassination. Our SPARK Hybrid Curriculum is adaptable to any learning environment and gives students the art connections they need right now. As a child of the late 70’s I grew up with the syrup as a commonly housed house hold produce. I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface with your site. 17). Not only do you have thought provoking activities and discussion prompts, but it saves me so much time in preparing things for myself! Going through flea markets and garage sales across Southern California, the artist had been collecting racist imagery for some time already. The Aunt Jemima character, seen here, was recurring in Betye Saar's work. Saar's intention for having the stereotype of the mammy holding a rifle to symbolize that black women are strong and can endure anything, a representation of a warrior.". They also could compare the images from the past with how we depict people today (see art project above). Not every record you will find here is complete. Liberation of Aunt Jemima: Cocktail, 1973. Fifty years later she has finally been liberated herself. Now in the collection at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima continues to serve as a warrior to combat bigotry and racism and inspire and ignite the revolutionary spirit. Aunt Jemima cocktail combines a mammy figure on one side and Black Power fist on the other of a handmade label. Archive created by UC Berkeley students under the supervision of Scott Saul, with the support of UC Berkeley's Digital Humanities and Global Urban Humanities initiatives. "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. Also, you can talk about feelings with them too as a way to start the discussion–how does it make you feel when someone thinks you are some way just because of how you look or who you are? I hope future people reading this post scroll to the bottom to read your comment. Check lesson planning off your to-do list and be prepared for all the possibilities. Betye Saar (American, born 1926). They saw more and more and the ideas and interpretations unfolded. This work allowed me to channel my righteous anger at not only the great loss of MLK Jr., but at the lack of representation of black artists, especially black women artists. Earlier this week, Pepsi announced a … The Liberation of Aunt Jemima is one of her most notable works from this era. I used the derogatory image to empower the black woman by making her a revolutionary, like she was rebelling against her past enslavement. We aim at providing better value for money than most. I had this Aunt Jemima, and I wanted to put a rifle and a grenade under her skirts. Students can make a mixed-media collage or assemblage that combats stereotypes of today. This is what makes teaching art so wonderful – thank you!! (31.8 × 14.6 cm). Free download includes a list plus individual question cards perfect for laminating! I wanted to make her a warrior. It was as if I was waving candy in front of them! © 2013-2020 Widewalls | (Sorry for the slow response, I am recovering from a surgery on Tuesday!). What do you think? The most iconic is, Saar welcomed the news that the brand was finally being retired on her, © 2023 by Le Cõuleur. It’s essentially like a 3d version of a collage. I found a little Aunt Jemima mammy figure, a caricature of a black slave, like those later used to advertise pancakes. It continues to be an arena and medium for political protest and social activism. Following the recent news about the end of the Aunt Jemima brand, Saar issued a statement through her Los Angeles gallery, Roberts Projects: “My artistic practice has always been the lens through which I have seen and moved through the world around me.