Collection Artwork
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Ouattara Watts (born Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Africa, 1957)
Wait Until Tomorrow
2005
watercolor, pencil on paper
paper size: 21 1/2 x 29 1/8 in.
frame size: 33 x 41 x 1 7/8 in.
Gift of Ann and Mel Schaffer Family Collection
2017.22.3
Signed in pencil, lower right: OUATTARA WATTS 05

Object Label

Sun Ra’s album cover Discipline 27-II and Ouattara Watts’s watercolor Wait Until Tomorrow both feature symbols of hands reaching up and outward, beyond the boundaries that seem to connect them. The eye-hand in Watts’s piece is a hamsa, a sign of protection in many faiths. Together with the arrows, which are on a curved upward trajectory, the hamsa suggests a connection to some of Sun Ra’s key goals: to create a new world, to reinvent the past to change the future, and to break out of the systematic and institutional oppression under which people of color live. Watts’s arrows and Ra’s music both point forward, asking us to accept the completeness of work that, like the struggle for freedom, is still unfinished.
—Miracle Freckleton ’20

From the exhibition: Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow (April 13 – April 16, 2017)

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