Untitled (Children on Swing Set, Harlem, NY)

Kwame Brathwaite, American, 1938 - 2023


1971, printed 2022

Archival pigment print


Image: 15 1/16 × 15 1/16 in. (38.3 × 38.3 cm)

Sheet: 19 3/16 × 19 1/2 in. (48.7 × 49.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Contemporary Art Fund and the Sondra and Charles Gilman Jr., Foundation Fund

© Kwame Brathwaite



Place Imaged: New York, United States, North America

Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view




This picture of a group of children playing on a swing set in a public play area, a little girl in the background nursing an injury likely caused by falling off her swing, is a quintessential image of childhood but not a common representation of Black children in a city setting. Often, images of Black children playing are set in rural environments or urban locations that appear unclean and unsafe, placing an ominous veil over the lives of Black children in the city. This building and fenced playground, on the other hand, are clean and built for the purpose. For these children, swings simply mean testing the limits of youthful freedom and having fun.

From the 2024 exhibition And I'm Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Course History

Art History 5.01, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Mary Coffey and Chad Elias, Winter 2024

Art History 83.07, Keywords for ARTH: Race, Mary Coffey, Winter 2024

Theater 10.55, African and African American Studies 32.15, Curating Black Theater, Monica Ndounou, Spring 2024

Exhibition History

And I'm Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 20-April 13, 2024.


Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, California; sold to present collection, 2023.

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