Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

1967

  • Work on this object began.

2022

Album Cover, Sun Song by Sun Ra

This is a Album cover. It is dated 1967. Its medium is lithograph on folded paper. It is a part of the department.

Considered to have been the first Black female designer of a jazz record cover, Laini Abernathy became known for giving form to abstract sounds. This graphic sun expresses the optimism of Afrofuturist music and the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Its dimensions are

31.4 × 31.8 cm (12 3/8 × 12 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

At top of image, at center: "sun/ra/sun/song"

Cite this object as

Album Cover, Sun Song by Sun Ra; lithograph on folded paper; 31.4 × 31.8 cm (12 3/8 × 12 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2021-25-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Duro Olowu Selects.

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