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Howardena Pindell


Video Drawings: Tennis

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chromogenic print on paper


8 x 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm)

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Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund

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Pindell created this unique chromogenic print by superimposing a drawing on mylar over a television screen and then moving the shutter on her camera. This “Video Drawing” synchronizes a sports motif with references to mathematics, by correlating vectors and a tennis match and applying an aleatory approach. Underlying is Pindell’s political commitment: The presence of small ink circles in the layered drawing not only suggests the motion of the ball, but appropriates the dot she encountered as a child in Southern restaurants on plates reserved for black customers. Tennis itself was hardly a neutral choice, representing at the time a site for an aggressive assault on gender and racial privilege carried out by such stars as Billie Jean King, Althea Gibson, and Arthur Ashe.

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