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Betye Saar
Biddy Mason's House of the Open Hand

Project Area: CT/Historic Core
Project: Biddy Mason Park
Project Location: 331 S. Spring Street
Project Type: Developer


As the elevator doors of the parking garage at 331 S. Spring St. open, viewers in the elevator are treated to a view of a wall in the lobby designed to recreate the front porch of Biddy Mason's house. Behind the glass of the front porch and on the wall is a photo panel of the actual front porch of Biddy Mason's house, which was once located at this site. Commonplace details from Biddy's life seem to claim possession of their former site. Behind the window glass are pieces of fabrics, a bottle holding flowers, a fan, and a framed photograph of Biddy Mason.
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Artist Profile

Betye Saar, an African-American artist from a family of artists, was born in Los Angeles in 1926.  She received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1949 and furthered her studies at California State University, Long Beach; University of Southern California; and California State University, Northridge.  Saar is the recipient of a J. Paul Getty Fund for the Visual Arts Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  In addition to her public artwork in Los Angeles, Saar has completed projects for the Public Art Fund in New York, Miami, and Newark.  The artist’s works are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.