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Malcolm X #3

Barbara Chase-Riboud, American, born 1939

Made in United States, North and Central America


Polished bronze, rayon, and cotton

8 feet 6 1/2 inches × 3 feet 1 inches × 2 feet 8 inches (260.4 × 94 × 81.3 cm)

© Barbara Chase Riboud

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by Regina and Ragan A. Henry, and with funds raised in honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Museum and in celebration of African American art, 2001

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Chase-Riboud created this monumental sculpture by combining angled bronze forms with bundles of wrapped and knotted fibers. At the time, the artist was living in Paris, having moved there in 1960 from her birthplace, Philadelphia. Although she was abroad, the events of the civil rights movement occurring back home greatly affected Chase-Riboud. The assassination of Malcolm X in 1965 later prompted her to make a series of abstract sculptures dedicated to his life and legacy, including this one.