Throughout the 20th century, art was influenced by the race and gender of the artist. African American women artists Elizabeth Catlett, Betye Saar, Mildred Howard, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker all built on the accomplishments of their predecessors to create art that reflects their personal experiences and the eras in which they lived.
Docent Lecture: Passing the Torch: Three Generations of African American Women Artists, by Sharon Walton
Elizabeth Catlett, Stepping Out, 2000. Laminated mahogany. Museum purchase, The Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Art Fund, Inc., Beta Upsilon Boulé - Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, The Links, Incorporated - San Francisco Chapter, Fine Arts Museums Tribute Funds, Ms. Del M. Anderson and Mr. John Handy, Mrs. Marguerite Archer, Rena Merritt Bancroft, PhD; Ms. Jo-Ann Beverly, Rev. "J" Edgar Boyd, Mrs. Mary Pat Cress, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Geist, Maxwell C. and Frankie Jacobs Gillette, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Johnson, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lathan, Mr. and Mrs. Terry E. Perucca and Dr. Alma Ribbs, 1999.199