The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 25, 2024

Magic People

Magic People

(American, 1915–2012)
Sheet: 37.4 x 35.7 cm (14 3/4 x 14 1/16 in.); Image: 25.7 x 24.4 cm (10 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
© Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Location: not on view


A mother of three sons, a grandmother, and a lifelong teacher, Elizabeth Catlett has always been involved with young people. She made Magic People for the Museum Ambassadors, a group of Cleveland-area high-school students who are exposed to the museum environment to encourage an ongoing relationship with the arts in their communities. Catlett has been working for six decades as a printmaker and sculptor. She produces compassionate, heroic images of ordinary people, rendered in a style of simplified realism, which celebrate her African American identity as well as her adopted Mexican homeland. Catlett went to Mexico in 1946 to work at the printmaking workshop Taller de Gráfica Popular (People's Art Workshop). While there, she met her husband, artist Francisco Mora.
  • "Museums Ambassadors", Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland Art: The Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine. Vol. 43 no. 05, May 2003 Mentioned & reproduced: p. 7
  • {{cite web|title=Magic People|url=false|author=Elizabeth Catlett|year=2002|access-date=25 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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