Details

Title

Homage

Artist/Maker

Derek Fordjour (American, born 1974)

Date

2022

Medium

Acrylic, charcoal, cardboard, oil pastel, and foil on newspaper mounted on canvas

Dimensions

62 ½ x 92 ½ inches

Credit

Gift of Charles Roth

Accession #

2022.123

On View

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 418

In Homage, Derek Fordjour responds to society’s lack of protection for Black girlhood by creating an environment in which Black women are affirming themselves. The scene’s warmth evokes a safe space in which chorus line dancers from 1920s Harlem are depicted, not as performers for an audience, but in a quiet moment of intimacy in preparation for a performance. Fordjour’s title references lines from Lucille Clifton’s poem “homage to my hips”—“these hips are free hips . . . these hips have never been enslaved”—in recollection of the traumas associated with Black women’s bodies.

Image Copyright

© Derek Fordjour

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