Does this symbolize something?
Yes, it does! This work is by self-taught artist Tonnie Jones. He created this figure, Fatima, during the height of the Black Power Movement (1969) and it is meant to raise questions about "the role the black experience plays in shaping the expression of Black artists."
Thank you I had an amazing time at the museum!
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My favorite fun fact about this piece is that the eyes were added later. It was already in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1969 and, after seeing it there, the artist, Tonnie Jones, returned to add these eyes made of stone or glass.
For the catalogue for that exhibition, called New Black Artists, curators asked Jones about what his education in the arts had been and he responded, "life."