“My work reflects the experience and spirit of Harlem, New York City and of Harlems everywhere.” – Dindga McCannon, 1976
A third generation Harlemite, McCannon is a self-proclaimed “fiber/mixed-media/quilt artist” but has worked in a variety of mediums including illustration, painting, and costume design, or wearable art. One of the main aspects of her work is to celebrate Black women, as seen in American Queen. Her use of rich, saturated colors and mixed media, contrasts against the black figure whose blue- and orange-colored outlines highlight conventional elements of the female body.
McCannon was one of two female artists that was part of the Weusi Artist Collective, and she co-founded Where We At: Black Women Artists, Inc. along with Harlem Art Collection Artist, Kay Brown. In 2021, McCannon had her first major solo exhibition, In Plain Sight, at The Fridman Gallery in New York City.
Title: American Queen
Artist: Dindga McCannon (b. 1974)
Medium: acrylic and fabric on canvas
Dimensions: 36 ½ x 32 ½ x ¾ inches
Accession Number: H77.50
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