Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Family ArkPublished in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
John Biggers, American, 1924 - 2001. Published by Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia.
Color offset lithograph, triptych
Currently not on view
|Purchased with the Print Revolving Fund, 1999; Gift of the Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2009|
LabelA distinguished muralist, painter, and teacher, Biggers founded the art department at what is now Texas Southern University in Houston in 1949. A key aspect of his legacy is his transmission of the importance of understanding and addressing one’s heritage to generations of African American students. In this composition, filled with symbols and objects from African and African American history, art, and religion, Biggers presents a family united in prayer in a triptych format resembling an altarpiece. The head wrap on the woman with outstretched arms at the center evokes the horned headdress of Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and protection.