Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
Awarded In recognition of her as one of the most profound living American artists. As one of the artists who ushered in the development of Assemblage art, Saar’s practice reflects on African American identity, spirituality and the connectedness between different cultures. Her symbolically rich body of work has evolved over time to demonstrate the environmental, cultural, political, racial, technological, economic, and historical context in which it exists. Without Saar’s legacy and her many contributions to the history of art, the Museum of the African Diaspora would not exist.
Betye Saar photograph: Caren Levin.
Spirit Catcher: The Art of Betye Saar. Directed by Suzanne Bauman. Produced by Perry Miller Adato for The Originals: Women in Art Series. WNET, New York. 1978.
Liberation of Aunt Jemima, 1972
Photograph by Benjamin Blackwell.
Black Girl’s Window, 1969
Digital Image © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph by Jonathan Muzikar.
Betye Saar portrait in Laurel Canyon Studio, 1970. Photograph by Bob Nakamura.
Betye Saar at the opening of Betye Saar: Selected Works 1964-1973, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Fidel Danieli.
Installation views of Betye Saar: Selected Works 1964-1973, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, California.
Visionary Leader in Philanthropy
Awarded in recognition of his bold and fearless commitment to level the playing field in philanthropy and for his role as an innovative and progressive change agent to challenge inequality. Under his leadership as the CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country, the Foundation has launched an in a renewed commitment to social justice through an equity agenda focused on racial and economic inclusion across the Bay Area.His role as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency was pivotal in the creation of the Museum of the African Diaspora.