Amon Carter print details

Runaways [1 of 10]

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960)

Object Details

    Date:
  • Date
    1993
  • Medium:
  • Medium
    Lithograph
  • Dimensions:
  • Dimensions
    16 X 12
  • Collection Name:
  • Collection Name
    Works on Paper
  • Credit Line:
  • Credit Line
    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Cynthia Brants Trust
  • Accession Number:
  • Accession Number
    2015.13.1

Object Description

Does the way other people describe us reveal anything about who we are? Ligon asked ten of his friends to describe him as if they were filling out a missing-persons report. What they wrote struck him as eerie reminders of the advertisements nineteenth-century slave owners placed to find runaways. He paired the text with images he borrowed from antislavery pamphlets and historical newspapers to emphasize the lasting impact of the Civil War on American society.

He brings to our attention that even with extensive visual and written information, we cannot fully know a person. Runaways shows us how the way we perceive ourselves and others varies widely and often includes racial, class, and social markers that are more generalized than individual.

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Image Credit

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Cynthia Brants Trust

Object Copyright

Additional details

Location: On View
Part of the Works on Paper