James Baldwin's essay "Stranger in the Village," originally published in October 1953 in Harper's Magazine, is the source material for Glenn Ligon's 2012 painting Stranger #68. Currently on view in Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, Ligon's piece features Baldwin's opening words repeatedly stenciled in oil stick on canvas and encased in coal dust. As Ligon blends the visual and textual, so will our discussion of these two creative works. Join Professor Francisco Robles in the exhibition for a discussion of Baldwin's essay with regards to Ligon's painting and vice versa.
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