Tuesday, October 4, 2022

A new art installation on Astor Place honors playwright-activist Lorraine Hansberry

A new production of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" is underway at the Public Theater on Lafayette. 

Coinciding with the staging of this 1959 classic ... is an installation on Astor Place by Alison Saar titled "To Sit A While." 

Here's more via the Village Alliance
"To Sit A While" features 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. 
Hansberry was the first Black woman to have her work produced on Broadway. She died of pancreatic cancer in 1965 at age 34. 

The installation, which has been in several NYC locations since June, will be here through Oct. 21. 

Thanks to Steven for the photo.


  1. I saw it last week and was very impressed by it. Very 'elegant' for lack of a better word.

  2. The seats of each hair have engraved quotations on them. If no one is sitting there be sure to read them.


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