back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

9A Untitled from “Utah Series”

Photography
A black woman stands in a desert landscape with a map held high.

Search and Share Tools

9A Untitled from “Utah Series”

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Xaviera Simmons
American, born 1974

Date

2010

Medium

Dye coupler print

Accession #

2010.20

Dimensions

Overall: 30 x 40 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Xaviera Simmons works at the intersection of performance art and photography. For her Utah series, she staged self-portraits while trekking through the state’s rugged and wild terrain. The resulting works recall historical images of the westward expansion in both early photography and landscape painting of the 1800s, when artists began to explore America’s sublime and unknown frontier. Against this backdrop, Simmons evokes the nation’s colonial legacy, questions the accepted narrative of the country’s inevitable expansion, and she indicates the overlooked roles of African Americans in that narrative.

Credit

Gift of the artist in honor of David C. Driskell and the Driskell Prize Committee

Image Copyright

© Xaviera Simmons


Your Museum is open! Reserve your TIMED TICKETS now!