Elizabeth Catlett’s In Harriet Tubman I helped hundreds to freedom (1946) celebrates Tubman’s guidance of travelers along the Underground Railroad. In Catlett’s depiction, Tubman points assuredly ahead. Yet she also looks cautiously over her shoulder, a gesture that reminds the viewer of the palpable risks she faced while helping others.
This week, we’re sharing prints from Elizabeth Catlett’s The Negro Woman series. The entire series will go on view later this spring as part of a new permanent collection exhibition. You can see them all on our website
[Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), In Harriet Tubman I helped hundreds to freedom, 1946, printed 1989. From the series The Negro Woman. Linoleum cut, Sheet (Irregular): 10 ¼ × 7 3/4in. (26 × 19.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee 95.194. Art © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY]