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Maker(s):Stevens, Nelson
Culture:American (1938-2022)
Title:Primal Force from the portfolio Seventeen Artists
Date Made:1975; 1981 print
Materials:Screenprint on heavy wove paper
Measurements:Mat: 34 3/8 in x 26 3/8 in; 87.3 cm x 67 cm; Sheet: 29 3/8 in x 21 11/16 in; 74.6 cm x 55.1 cm
Narrative Inscription:  Signature: front, LR (graphite): Nelson Stevens. Title: Front LL (graphite): PRIMAL FORCE; Edition number: Front, LC (graphite): 13/100
Accession Number:  UM 1984.25.14
Credit Line:Gift of the Art Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
Speak to Me of Rivers: An Exploration of Race, Identity, and Lived Experience in African American Culture; February 12 - March 3, 2019:
“As a Black Image Maker, it seems to me that my work cannot be about the sterility of the red, white and blue life-style but rather about exploring alternatives. I’m dealing with the cool and casual rhythms in us . . . and cool like the posture we strike when we are letting a sister know our point of view on a matter of primary importance. Sometimes I deal with the hot screams of the sweet thunder and the fire sirens which cause us to explode . . . but always with rhythm. Like we be doin’.”
— Nelson Stevens

activists; African American; men; portraits

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