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Peaceful Protesters: Nina Simone II

Artist: Roberto Lugo (Kensington, Philadelphia, PA, 1981 – ) Primary
Date: 2021
21st century
Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 3.75 in. (12.7 x 12.7 x 9.53 cm)
Dimensions Extent: overall
Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Glazed ceramic, luster, steel, epoxy, and enamel
Credit Line: Museum Purchase with funds from the Black Art Fund, 2021.
Accession Number: 2021.21.01
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This work was featured in the Fairfield University Art Museum's exhibition Roberto Lugo: New Ceramics. To see a virtual recreation of this exhibition, you can access our Matterport tour to view this work as well as other works by Lugo in our Bellarmine Hall gallery space.
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Nina Simone (born Eunice Waymon, 1933-2003)

Extraordinary jazz musician Nina Simone claimed that her goal as an artist was to make people feel, which she did by combining classical influence with the jazz and blues of her day. Playing piano from the young age of three, Simone’s original dream was to become the first Black female classical pianist, but after being denied acceptance to Julliard, she turned her focus to live performances. At the beginning of her career, she shied away from protest music, but later was inspired during the Civil Rights movement to create the song “Mississippi Goddam”, which was banned from performances in the South, speaking to its strength as a protest piece.

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Black Art Fund
FUAM's Black Art Fund is a fundraising initiative to support the acquisition of artwork by contemporary Black artists, to address a major gap in the museum’s permanent collection. The museum is accepts both financial contributions to this fund to be used for purchases of artwork as well as donations of museum quality artworks to achieve greater representation and recognition of non-white artists and artworks.

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