353: Vinnie Bagwell

When this sculptor creates a statue of a historical figure―Sojourner Truth, Ella Fitzgerald, Teddy Roosevelt―she learns a lot about her subject. While conceiving a more metaphoric project, Victory, she made a disconcerting discovery: there are no Black angels in public art. “Are you trying to say there are no Black people in heaven?” she demanded. “What are you trying to say?” Produced with the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. 
photo: Pierre Bagwell-Green.

Person: her daughter
Place: her studio
Thing: her statue Victory
Randy’s Person: Dante Gabriel Rossetti