"... Will be Black" | Bringing Back Bowery

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Creator

Izhar Patkin

Title

"... Will be Black" | Bringing Back Bowery

Coverage

2 Cooper Sq New York, NY, 10003

Description

The remnants of previous graffiti peek out underneath splotches of black paint added to the plywood. Each of the three black areas of the panels features careful white outlines of different fragments of a scene described by a quote in the upper left corner, carefully and clearly written out to read:

"To you black was the color of priests and undertakers and orphans. But everything is changing. Whatever is gentle and kind and good and tender will be black. Milk will be black, sugar, rice, the sky, doves, hope, will be black. SO will the opera to which we shall go, blacks that we are, in black Rolls Royces to hail blacks kings, to hear brass bands beneath chandeliers of blacks crystal..." - Jean Genet, '58

The plywood mural depicts figures from the play "Les Nègres" ("The Blacks"), a work by playwright Jean Genet that was published in 1958 and performed for the first time in 1959. The play is reliant upon the structure of a production within the production itself, exploring Black identity while exposing racial prejudice and stereotypes by shocking and implicating the audience.

Source

Posted by @Bringing_Back_Bowery on Instagram. Caption: "Mural by @izharpatkin at @2coopersquare for @bringing_back_bowery"

Rights

Artists: Izhar Patkin
Image: @Bringing_Back_Bowery on Instagram

Publisher

Urban Art Mapping Research Project

Date

Contributor

F.S.

Original Format

Painting on plywood

Geolocation

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