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Togetherness

Artist
Norman Lewis, American, 1909–1979
Printer
Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York
Date
1973
Material
Etching
Printed in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Prints
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
plate: 12 3/4 × 15 11/16 in. (32.4 × 39.8 cm)
sheet: 16 13/16 × 19 11/16 in. (42.7 × 50 cm)
framed: 23 1/8 × 29 1/8 × 2 in. (58.7 × 74 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© The Estate of Norman W. Lewis; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Object Number
164:2017
NOTES
In Togetherness, dozens of overlapping shapes create a configuration of individuals walking or parading with collective purpose. Lewis was active as a protester for black civil rights and involved with the artists’ group Spiral, which sought to raise the visibility of black artists in museums and galleries. In 1947, Lewis began depicting processions of people portrayed as both terrifying and empowering in response to marches of the Ku Klux Klan and civil rights demonstrations during his lifetime.
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