Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 8min

Nonagenarian Betye Saar has been creating art that challenges racial and sexist stereotypes since the 1960s. In this short portrait Saar reminisces about her artistic method of using collage and assemblage, her sense of whimsy when collecting objects, and the power of art as political commentary. Her seminal piece, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, was inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and was meant to empower black women to construct their own narratives instead of letting stereotypes define them. Throughout her career, her groundbreaking work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, to name a few. Even though she is 93, Saar shows no signs of slowing down. BD

Director

Christine Turner

Producer

Erin Wright

Editor

Mengfan Wu

Cinematographer

Shana Hagan