Wild Thing

In MS163’s series Wild Thing, the fictional yet familiar character “Max” from Where the Wild Things Are (1963) performs the role of the iconic Ruby Bridges—a crucial player in the civil rights movement and desegregation in 1960s New Orleans. On the one hand, MS163 celebrates the centrality of women of color in national sociopolitical movements; on the other, she begs the spectator to consider how women of color are used by these same movements. Wild Thing asks: how was Ruby, at 6 years old, deployed as a symbol of femininity, fragility, and respectability for the betterment of the African American community?

  • "Ruby Chasing Lenox" - 24" x 36", spray paint + oil marker on canvas
    "Ruby Chasing Lenox"
  • "Ruby Chasing Lenox" 24"x 36" spray paint, oil marker on canvas

"Tomato Fun" - 24" x 36", spray paint + oil marker on canvas
    "Tomato Fun"
  • "Intentionally Teaching" - 18" x 24", spray paint + oil marker on canvas
    "Intentionally Teaching"
  • "Walking in Ruby
    "Walking in Ruby's Shoes"
  • wild-thing-howl-880x245
    "Howl" - Acrylic paint + oil marker on skateboard