Black History Names: Women Artist Activists

February 4, 2016 Linda Rosenkrantz

 This year we celebrate the Black history names of women fine artists whose activism is reflected in their bold paintings, sculpture, photography and crafts, several of which expose African-American stereotypes and other forms of racism. (By Linda Rosenkrantz)


Adrian Piper is an award-winning conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of racism. Adrian is customarily the male spelling of the name—it’s usually Adrienne for the girls. But female Adrians in pop culture include Adrian Lee in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the movie wife of Rocky Balboa.


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