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Maker(s):Frazier, LaToya Ruby
Culture:American (1982- )
Title:Born by Water and Spirit, Ninth and Washington Avenue
Date Made:2009
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Frame: 31 in x 41 in x 2 in; 78.7 cm x 104.1 cm x 5.1 cm; Sheet: 30 in x 40 in; 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm
Accession Number:  UM 2013.57
Credit Line:Gift of LaToya Ruby Frazier
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
Exhibition Label, 40 Years / 40 Artists, January 22–March 8, 2015:
“A sewer
A drain
A place for throwing waste
Like W.E.B. Du Bois, I too was born by a golden river, in
the shadow of two great hills.” - LaToya Ruby Frazier

Speak to Me of Rivers: An Exploration of Race, Identity, and Lived Experience in African American Culture; February 12 - March 3, 2019:
“Grandma Ruby, Mom, and I grew up in significantly different social and economic climates; each of us are markers along a larger historical timeline. Grandma Ruby, born in 1925, witnessed Braddock’s prosperous days of department stores, theatres, and restaurants. Mom, born in 1959, witnessed the close of the steel mills, white flight, and disinvestment at the federal, state, and local levels. I was born in 1982. I witnessed as the War on Drugs decimated my family.” — LaToya Ruby Frazier

advertising; architecture; Christianity; exterior; religion; urban; African American

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