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Cycle of Creativity: Alison Saar and the Toni Morrison Papers

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The late novelist Toni Morrison and the sculptor Alison Saar both found inspiration for their art in Black women’s experiences in America. “My world did not shrink because I was a Black female writer,” Morrison told The New York Times. “It just got bigger.” The evidence is in her sprawling novels about Black families, from The Bluest Eye to Beloved. Similarly, Saar’s sculptures, which use found objects like ceiling panels, glass, and nails, bring race and Blackness to the forefront. Princeton University, where Morrison taught literature and creative writing, brings the two women together in one exhibition. It will focus on the themes that drew both artists: musicality, labor, and ancestors. —J.D.

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