"Ladder for Booker T. Washington" (detail; 1996)

Ladder for Booker T. Washington, detail, 1996
Ash and maple; 438 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches
Installation view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Ruth Carter Stevenson, by exchange
Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 episode, "Time," 2003

"And the idea of Booker T. Washington, the resonance with his life, and his struggle, and the whole notion that his idea of progress for the race, was a long slow progression of, as he said, putting your buckets down where you are, and working with what you've got."
—Martin Puryear