We Wanted a Revolution

Black Radical Women, 1965–85: New Perspectives

We Wanted a Revolution

Book Pages: 160 Illustrations: 86 color illustrations Published: February 2018

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Art and Visual Culture > Art History, Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies

The Brooklyn Museum published two volumes related to its groundbreaking exhibition, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, which focused on radical approaches to feminist thinking developed by women artists and activists of color. The first volume, a Sourcebook, was published in 2017 and focused on re-presenting key voices of the period by gathering a remarkable array of historical documents. Available in 2018, the second volume, New Perspectives, includes original essays and perspectives by Aruna D’Souza, Uri McMillan, Kellie Jones, and Lisa Jones that place the exhibition's works in both historical and contemporary contexts. New Perspectives also includes two new poems by Alice Walker. The book is generously illustrated with major objects from the exhibition, installation views, and other photographs. A checklist of the exhibition as well as an extensive bibliography complete the volume. Together with the Sourcebook, New Perspectives shares this important body of art by women of color, presents their voices, provides important commentary on that time and its unresolved issues, and offers extended documentation of the exhibition.

We Wanted a Revolution will be on display at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles from October 13, 2017 through January 14, 2018; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo from February 17 through May 27, 2018; and The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from June 26 through September 30, 2018.

Published by the Brooklyn Museum and distributed by Duke University Press


"An eclectic watershed of vivid, glorious resistance and pointed political commentary." — WNYC

"Photographs and reprints from the collection bring intersectional feminist theory to life and highlight an oft neglected aspect of American history and culture." — WATER

"New Perspectives is a handsome publication with ample illustrations and a good bibliography (but no index). The two volumes—We Wanted a Revolution: A Sourcebook, and New Perspectives—provide a vital compendium of primary resources, artists’ and art historical perspectives, and installation documentation that are extremely valuable in opening up discourses on contemporary art, encouraging and supporting further research. The overarching themes of Revolution highlight an ethical acknowledgement of the interdependency of people, exploring personal expression without indulging in mythologies of complete personal autonomy." — Deborah Frizzell, Woman's Art Journal


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Catherine Morris is Sackler Family Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the editor of Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound; “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts; and coeditor of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 /  A Sourcebook; and Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art.

Rujeko Hockley, formerly Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, at the Brooklyn Museum, is Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and coeditor of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 / A Sourcebook.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Foreword / Anne Pasternak  8
Acknowledgments  10
Introduction / Catherine Morris and Rujeko Hockley  17
Swimming with E.C. / Kellie Jones  49
Early Intersections: The Work of Third World Feminism / Aruna D'Souza  73
Sand, Nylon, and Dirt: Senga Nengudi and Maren Hassinger in Southern California / Uri McMillan  97
When the Rent was Cheap and the Art was Everything: Remembering Rodeo Caldonia / Lisa Jones  121
Exhibition Checklist: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85  128
Bibliography / Compiled by Allie Rickard  143
Copyright and Photo Credits  151
Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees  152
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-87273-184-4
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