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The Story of American Racism This Artist Couldn’t Tell in the 1970s

An interview with 77-year-old Howardena Pindell about her new exhibition ‘Rope/Fire/Water’

A portrait of Howardena Pindell in front of a colorful art piece.
Howardena Pindell. Photo: Nathan Keay

As a child, while visiting a friend whose mother was cooking meat for dinner, Howardena Pindell came across a recent issue of Life magazine. Inside the issue, a large photo of a Black man lying…

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