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Think About It!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mobley, Dozier (photographer)
    Hiatt Enterprises (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.214-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR6, box 2

The civil rights movement undertaken by African-Americans reached the height of visibility during the late 1960s. By the early 1970s, militant black organisations such as the Black Panther Party (founded in 1966) were in decline due to a combination of loss of momentum, in-fighting, and powerful federal campaigns against black empowerment. In many ways, a poster such as this marks the end of widespread race-based political activism in America. The message put across in this poster is a conflicted one: on the one hand, the image depicts a powerful, fearsome black woman; on the other, her state of undress reveals certain underlying sexist attitudes. This tension is indicative of the time - the Feminist movement was underway, seeking to do away with exploitative images of women.

Physical description

Topless black woman with voluminous Afro hairstyle, wearing short-shorts. Belts of bullets criss-cross her chest. She stands defiantly with her left hand on her hip, holding an upright machine gun in her right hand.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Mobley, Dozier (photographer)
Hiatt Enterprises (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Think about it!

Photograph by Dozier Mobley
signed in type

Dimensions

Height: 71.1 cm, Width: 55.9 cm

Descriptive line

'Think about it!', black militant poster photographed by Dozier Mobley, USA, 1972

Production Note

published in Atlanta, Georgia

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Militancy; Gun; Woman; Politics; Bullets; Propaganda

Categories

Prints; Politics; Black History; Posters; Hair and hairstyles

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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