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Artist Talk with Glenn Ligon

On March 28, 2011, YI participants had the opportunity to meet artist Glenn Ligon, whose exhibition, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, opened this spring at the Whitney. While taking YI teens through the exhibition, Ligon spoke about his upbringing, discussed his artistic process, and answered questions about what he was doing next. For more insights on YI’s afternoon with Glenn Ligon, read the Whit blog post. To see more work by Glenn Ligon visit the Whitney’s online collection.

Ligon spent much of the afternoon laughing and telling jokes. Pictured here in front of his work, Malcom X (Version 1) #1, 2000, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

Ligon spent much of the afternoon laughing and telling jokes. Pictured here in front of his work, Malcom X (Version 1) #1, 2000, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

YI Leader Shaniece introduces Glenn Ligon, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Ligon discusses his work, “Untitled (I am a Man),” 1980, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Ligon tells the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who shipped himself to freedom in a crate much like the ones displayed in the work “To Disembark,” 1994, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
YI teens gather around for a closer look at paintings inspired by comedian Richard Pryor, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
YI leader Crystal takes a closer look at one of Ligon’s works, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Teens take a look at paintings inspired by children’s drawings, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
Ligon speaks about the inspirations for the works in this room, which go back to a children’s workshop he facilitated at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
YI Artist Maya asks Glenn Ligon about what he imagines for the future of contemporary art, March 2011. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke