Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon

Invisible Man (Two Views), 1991

oil and gesso on canvas

(each canvas) 28 x 20 in.


The Henry Melville Fuller Acquisition Fund


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This painting by Glenn Ligon is formed both physically and conceptually by the text of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel, the Invisible Man. Both men used their respective art forms to express their experiences of feeling invisible as they navigated their lives as African American men living at different points in the twentieth century. Have you ever felt invisible? If so, what conditions, events or people made you feel this way? If not, what conditions, events or people do you believe have helped prevent you from feeling this way. After considering these questions consider taking another look at this painting. Does it look different?