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Thirty-Eight Double Dee from portfolio 10 x 10: Ten Women/Ten Prints

20th Century
22 in. x 22 in. (55.88 cm x 55.88 cm)

Mildred Howard, American, b. 1945

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Silkscreen on paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Mrs. John C. Sigourney [Mary Singleton], B.A. 1949, Fund
Accession Number: 1995.12.d
Mildred Howard is an important and influential African American artist based in the Bay Area. With deep roots in Berkeley, Howard creates art based on issues surrounding gentrification, history, consciousness, oppression, and equality. Thirty-Eight Double Dee is part of a print collection created for the Berkeley Art Center entitled 10x10: Ten Women/Ten Prints which was also an exhibition in celebration of Women's History Month and 75 years of women's suffrage. These ten prints by ten women artists explore not only the pain, but also the richness of the female experience.

Thirty-Eight Double Dee illustrates the importance of feminism and the power and fragility held within a feminine body. The gauzy white bra is dainty and feminine, with soft floral embroidery. This lies in extreme juxtaposition to the boxy, protective egg carton, which on the outside appears to be strong but is filled with delicate eggs. Howard’s work asks the viewer to learn more about the politics of how Black female bodies are typically represented.

--Emma Sugarbaker, December 2019

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Image Dimensions: 21 in. x 21 1/2 in. (53.34 cm x 54.61 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 22 x 22 in. (55.88 x 55.88 cm)

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. State of Convergence. State of Convergence Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2020

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