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Elizabeth Catlett: A Black Revolutionary Artist

Upcoming Exhibition

March 9 – July 6, 2025

Committed to both craft and causes, this visionary artist-activist continues to inspire us today.

One of the defining artists of the 20th century, Elizabeth Catlett addressed the injustices she witnessed and experienced in America and Mexico through her bold prints and dynamic sculptures. See more than 150 of her creations in this exhibition, including rarely seen paintings and drawings.

Trace the career of this cultural force—from her roots in Washington, DC, Chicago, and New York to the remarkable body of work she made during some 60 years in Mexico. In striving to make art for the people, Catlett put social justice at the very center of her work.  

Organized by Brooklyn Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with Art Institute of Chicago.

Curated by Dalila Scruggs, Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; and Mary Lee Corlett, former Associate Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings (retired), National Gallery of Art with Rashieda Witter, Curatorial Assistant, National Gallery of Art, and Carla Forbes, Curatorial Assistant, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Other venues
Brooklyn Museum of Art, September 13, 2024–January 19, 2025
Art Institute of Chicago, August 30, 2025–January 4, 2026

Generous support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: Elizabeth Catlett, Black Unity, 1968, cedar, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2014.11 © 2024 Mora-Catlett Family / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photography by Edward C. Robison III