The New Jemima, by Joe Overstreet, 1964

Joe Overstreet The New Jemima, 1964, 1970

Medium: Acrylic on fabric over plywood construction
Dimensions: 102 3/8 x 60 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (260 x 154.3 x 43.8 cm)
Credit Line: The Menil Collection, Houston. Photo courtesy of the Menil Collection

With The New Jemima—a large polychrome box—Overstreet explored different aspects of his painting practice as well as pop art. Here the artist has transformed the negative—albeit popular—image of a subservient Aunt Jemima into an empowered figure, wielding a machine gun with pancakes flying through the air like bullets. The artist lived and worked in the San Francisco area and published Beatitudes Magazine during his time in California.

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"The New Jemima." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.