negro sunshine

SHORT: Glenn Ligon: Installing “Warm Broad Glow II”

Now here is a great opportunity to use the word ekphrastic—when art inspires art. It’s an example of how art, particularly neon art, and poetry can form a synthesis. “Negro sunshine” was inspired by the late 20th century poet, Gertrude Stein. The phrase is an excerpt from her poem, “Melanctha: Each One As She May”. One of the things I appreciate about Ligon’s art is that it resurrects the work of great writers and illuminates them in a contemporary context. It’s a little like the pastiche in jazz music—calculated, reformulated and new.

This video records the installation of Ligon’s work “Warm Broad Glow II” at the Whitney Museum in New York City, where he had a retrospective in 2011. This short was produced by Art21, a renowned organization that records the work of artists through film to educate the public about what’s happening in the art world.

While at Lite Brite Neon, Cedar worked on the fabrication and installation of this piece. If you watch till the end, you’ll even catch his diagram of hanging points. Throughout, you’ll also catch our beloved Matt Dilling, the founder of Lite Brite Neon.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Clair Popkin & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Mark Mandler. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Glenn Ligon. Special Thanks: Matt Dilling, Lite Brite Neon, Scott Rothkopf & Whitney Museum of American Art. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

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