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Simone Leigh in The Contemporary Figure

Simone Leigh, Figure with Skirt (Face Jug Series), 2018, terracotta, graphite, salt-fired porcelain, steel, raffia.

Recently acquired by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Simone Leigh’s Figure with Skirt (Face Jug Series) (2018) is included in The Contemporary Figure, an exhibition featuring objects from the 1960s to today with varying presentations of the human figure.


Art history has seldom elevated works of art that feature people of color or their stories. The contemporary artists of color included in The Contemporary Figure are utilizing a traditional artistic style to communicate critical dialogues surrounding race and representation.