Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (The Little Bird)

(American, b. 1973)
Sheet: 104.8 x 94 cm (41 1/4 x 37 in.)
© Amy Sherald
State: only state
Edition: edition of 35 and 10 APs
Impression: AP 10/10
Location: not on view
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The title of this print references an 1891 verse by American poet Emily Dickinson.


Amy Sherald is known for her distinctive style of portraiture that presents Black figures with grisaille (or gray) skin tones, inviting consideration of skin as a signifier. This print, the second made by the artist, reinterprets a painting of the same title. Both depict dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, founded in 1958 to combine modern dance and African American culture. The subject appears with a casual pose and assertive gaze that align with the artist’s goal, in her words, to “paint black people just being people.”
Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (The Little Bird)

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers (The Little Bird)


Amy Sherald, Powerhouse Print Shop, Luther Davis, Hauser & Wirth, Inc.

(American, b. 1973), (American)

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