Alison Saar’s work, entitled To Sit Awhile, will feature the figure of Hansberry surrounded by five bronze chairs, each representing a different aspect of her life and work. The life-size chairs are an invitation to the public to do just that: to sit with her and think.

Alison Saar, recently profiled in NPR’s story “She’s Challenging You: Alison Saar’s Sculptures Speak to Race, Beauty, Power,” is also the creator of Swing Low, The Harriet Tubman Memorial in Harlem. To Sit Awhile will solidify her standing as one of the preeminent creators of public art in our time.

Maquette of To Sit Awhile by Alison Saar.

The installation features five chairs representing different aspects of Hansberry’s too-short life and under-recognized legacy.

THE MODERNIST CHAIR recalls the chair Lorraine sat on while writing her plays.

THE OFFICE CHAIR represents her career as a journalist writing for Freedom magazine.

THE STOOL stands for her contributions as a feminist and early LGBTQ activist.

THE OTTOMAN evokes the one she sat on in Robert Kennedy’s living room while educating the politician on civil rights.

THE BENTWOOD CHAIR recalls Lorraine’s childhood home and A Raisin in the Sun.

Alison Saar 

Alison is a contemporary American artist who addresses ideas of race, gender, culture, spirituality, and humanity through her figurative sculptures and paintings. 

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Alison Saar with her work.