Black Girl's Window, by Betye Saar, 1969

Betye Saar, Artist
Black Girl's Window , 1969

Assemblage in window
35 3/4 x 18 x 1 1/2 in. (90.8 x 45.7 x 3.8 cm)
Credit Line
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Modern Women's Fund and Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds. Photo courtesy of Roberts Projects, Culver City, California

Black Girl's Window was created during a pivotal time in Saar's artistic development, as she began working with iconography that alluded to her heritage, personal biography, and astrology. The African American female silhouette is presented at the bottom of the window, and small tableaux representing destiny, phrenology, and love cascade across the top. The lion, representative of Saar's astrological sign, is inserted along with iconography of family, youth, and home. A daguerreotype image of Saar's maternal grandmother is in the bottom middle window, referencing the artist's Irish heritage. With Black Girl's Window, Saar delves into her personal biography and spirituality, engaging the personal, the political, and the mystical.