These collages draw on found images of black women and men from vintage Ebony and Jet magazines. A selection is presented below, along with Simpson’s selection of advertising phrases.
A SELECTION OF PHRASES CULLED FROM
THE ADVERTISING THAT ORIGINALLY
ACCOMPANIED MANY OF THE IMAGES
THAT APPEAR WITHIN THE COLLAGES
Put on your Afro Pony-Tail and swish those superflies away!
Be the Huntress Not for everywoman Cool One Freedom
Afro Puffs Pepper and Salt Face Framing Style
Every woman should have the touch of the soft life at her finger tips
From a plain before to a beautiful after Pussy cat look Light as a feather
A girl should have nine lives too The Afro: keep it full, keep it classic
Braids of Heaven Boss Lady Private Secretary Show Stopper Upkeep Double Take
Super Dutch Boy Naturally difficult hair Don’t kid yourself Be Beautiful everyday
The Duke Director The Duke Swahilian The Duke Playboy The Duke Professional
The Duke Maestro The Duke Sportsman The Duke Junior Afro
The Duke Globetrotter The Duke Reporter
A beautiful head of hair is never an accident day after day after wonderful day
Anyway you desire Strong feelings about naturalness Butter yourself up Show It Like It Is
When we say long we mean long King Size It’s an Art! It’s a Mood! It’s a Feeling!
One Puff Two Puffs You’re the Judge As old as 900b.c. – 200 a.d. and as Brand New as Today!
Off Black Jet Black Mixed Grey Dark Brown Semi Afro
Supreme Freedom Supreme beauty where your hair begins
The only thing inflated will be your ego Change your mood Have no fear Anyway you
choose Around-the-clock Loveliness But don’t tell You can Totally different
Add a new twist to your charm and personality It took a Black company to come up with
Georgia Brown Love Knot Society Queen Darling New You Afro American Heavenly
Beauty Boy-Cut Curly Girly Dome of Curls Kiss Me Now Instant beauty Daisy Jones
Star Glow Linda Linda Linda Afrialon Kool-N-Light Lioness
Corn-row Cutie Corn-row Darling Free and Easy Liberté Flirt You’re today’s modern black
woman- on the go Love Nest The Sophisticate The Matinee Bell Boogie The Swish
Rhythm Tempo Top Yourself Off Feel Lovely Right On Harlem Classic
Nubian Queen Mellowone
Black Huntress Be the Huntress From nine to five they will know you are alive
For your evening appointments too
Steal the scene Simplicity is the keynote For the woman on the go
What are you doing tonight Keep em watching Watch yourself Jumbo Afro
Colonial Cascade China Doll Boy’s Cut Flowing Beauty Brown Skin Beauty Afro
It’s about time isn’t it It’s been a long time in coming, but it’s finally here
your problems have one answer I’m glad you asked that question
From Campus Queen to Hollywood Star Black Pearl Before and After
we specialize in rich darker shades you can have it anyway you want it
So easy now Great beginning for something beautiful A little goes a long way
Why shouldn’t you Anytime is the right time Flawless Exact Match
Reveal the beauty that you conceal
Lorna Simpson is a renowned American artist whose work challenges conventional views of gender, memory, and representation. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world.
Excerpted from Lorna Simpson Collages, published by Chronicle Books. Copyright © 2018.