Autobiography: Past & Present I

Howardena Pindell, American, born 1943. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.

Published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Color offset lithograph and screenprint diptych

Image (overall): 21 9/16 x 59 7/8 inches (54.8 x 152.1 cm) Image and sheet (left sheet): 21 9/16 x 29 15/16 inches (54.8 x 76 cm) Image and sheet (right sheet): 21 9/16 x 29 15/16 inches (54.8 x 76 cm)

© 2014 Howardena Pindell

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009

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Pindell has worked in a remarkable range of media, including painting, printmaking, collage, video, film, and “process art.” In the early 1980s she started a series of paintings and installations on the theme of “autobiography,” exploring her experiences as an African American woman, scholar, world traveler, and political activist. She has lived and worked in Japan and India, and visited Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Pindell often uses a variety of materials such as string, perfume, glitter, and postcards in her work, an approach suggested by the faux-collage elements of this print.