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Barbara Chase-Riboud : The Malcolm X Steles

Massive works inspired by Malcolm X from Philadelphia-born artist

A sculpture and charcoal drawing display by Barbara Chase-Riboud, a Philadelphia native. Credit: Barbara Chase-Riboud for the Philadelphia Museum of Art


September 14, 2013-January 31, 2014


Discover more than 40 works from Philadelphia-born artist Barbara Chase-Riboud on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Barbara Chase Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles takes a look at the varied artistic achievements of the locally born artist, with a special focus on five monumental sculptures created to commemorate the life of Malcolm X.

Previously on display at major art museums in Asia, Europe and across the United States, pieces from her collection can be seen in one location, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for the first time ever.

A graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Chase-Riboud began construction of the steles a few years after Malcolm X’s death in 1969 and finished her last piece in the series in 2008.

The massive sculptures throughout the exhibit are made from a variety of materials, but all contain a metal body and drapes of knotted, twisted and braided silk, wool, rayon, yarn and other other textiles.

Additional sculptures by Chase-Riboud that share common ties with The Malcolm X Steles can also be found throughout the museum in the Great Stair Hall and adjacent hallways.

Beyond sculptures, the exhibit also features about 20 charcoal sketches known as the Monument Drawings by Chase-Riboud. The drawings, which were created in the ’60s and ’70s, directly relate to the process of creating the Malcolm X Steles and compliment aspects of each sculpture.

Chase-Riboud is an artist, poet and writer and is largely known for her 1979 novel, Sally Hemings, a controversial story about President Thomas Jefferson and his secret relationship with a slave, Sally Hemings.

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