Colored Spade, 1971

Miami Beach 2016
Roberts Projects
Betye Saar’s film Colored Spade is an assemblage of derogatory images gradually replaced with depictions of African-American power and solidarity. The film explores Saar’s interest in deconstructing historical and political narratives through the use of symbolism within found imagery. Lasting 79 seconds and costing under $100 to make, Colored Spade was last screened publicly at the 1975 Brockman Gallery Film Festival.