Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.
St. Augustine High School Marching 100
New Orleans, Louisiana
'Black People Are Standing Up For Freedom - Tupelo, Mississippi - Come Hear Skip Robinson', United League of Tupelo, [late 1970's], co-sponsored by Revolutionary Student Brigade, Chicago Committe for a Free Africa, Organizing of Eritrean Students, Union for Mexicano-Chicano Students, Black Student Organization for Communication, Black Studies Program, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Untitled (I am an invisible man), 1991
Oilstick on paper
30 x 17 1/4” (76.2 x 43.8 cm)
Gift of The Bohen Foundation 218.1992
© 2014 Glenn Ligon