The Brooklyn Museum published two volumes related to its groundbreaking exhibition, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, which focused on radical approaches to feminist thinking developed by women artists and activists of color. The first volume, a Sourcebook, was published in 2017 and focused on re-presenting key voices of the period by gathering a remarkable array of historical documents. Available in 2018, the second volume, New Perspectives, includes original essays and perspectives by Aruna D’Souza, Uri McMillan, Kellie Jones, and Lisa Jones that place the exhibition's works in both historical and contemporary contexts. New Perspectives also includes two new poems by Alice Walker. The book is generously illustrated with major objects from the exhibition, installation views, and other photographs. A checklist of the exhibition as well as an extensive bibliography complete the volume. Together with the Sourcebook, New Perspectives shares this important body of art by women of color, presents their voices, provides important commentary on that time and its unresolved issues, and offers extended documentation of the exhibition.
We Wanted a Revolution will be on display at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles from October 13, 2017 through January 14, 2018; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo from February 17 through May 27, 2018; and The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from June 26 through September 30, 2018.
Published by the Brooklyn Museum and distributed by Duke University Press
Foreword / Anne Pasternak 8
Introduction / Catherine Morris and Rujeko Hockley 17
Swimming with E.C. / Kellie Jones 49
Early Intersections: The Work of Third World Feminism / Aruna D'Souza 73
Sand, Nylon, and Dirt: Senga Nengudi and Maren Hassinger in Southern California / Uri McMillan 97
When the Rent was Cheap and the Art was Everything: Remembering Rodeo Caldonia / Lisa Jones 121
Exhibition Checklist: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 128
Bibliography / Compiled by Allie Rickard 143
Copyright and Photo Credits 151
Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees 152
"Photographs and reprints from the collection bring intersectional feminist theory to life and highlight an oft neglected aspect of American history and culture."
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual