Discussion Questions

We’re Black and Strong (I)

Glenn Ligon

October 2022
Glenn Ligon, We're Black and Strong (I), 1996; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase: gift of Frances and John Bowes, Emily L. Carroll and Thomas W. Weisel, Collectors' Forum, Susan and Robert Green, Danielle and Brooks Walker Jr., and Phyllis C. Wattis; © Glenn Ligon
  1. In the story that you see in this work of art, who or what do you think is the most important figure, shape, or object? What do you see that makes you think this?
  2. Does anything you see happening in this work of art remind you of your own life story or another story you know?
  3. What is the mood of this work? What emotions seem to be expressed? What do you see that makes you say that?
  4. If this work is the artist’s half of a conversation with you, what do you want to say back to the artist?

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