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Glenn Ligon

Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored)

1990

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Take a close look at this painting. What happens to the words? 

What do you think the word “colored” means in this work of art? 

Who might be saying “I do not always feel colored?” Why do you think that? 

Have you ever felt different from everyone else? How? 

Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored), 1990  2001.275
Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored), 1990. Oil stick and gesso on panel, 80 × 30 1/16 × 1 1/2 in. (203.2 × 76.4 × 3.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Bohen Foundation in honor of Thomas N. Armstrong III  2001.275 For Teachers
Courtesy of the Artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles