"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
From the series, "Exclusive"
Filmed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in early 2011, artist Glenn Ligon installs his twenty-foot neon artwork "Warm Broad Glow II" (2011) in the museum's front window before the opening of his mid-career retrospective "Glenn Ligon: AMERICA." With assistance from curator Scott Rothkopf and neon fabricator Matt Dilling, Ligon works to determine the best placement on the neon while battling against wind, rain, window mullions, and a view-obscuring hotdog vendor. Ligon selected the text "Negro Sunshine" from the Gertrude Stein novella "Melanctha" (1909) and has used the phrase in projects of varying media.
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Clair Popkin & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Mark Mandler. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Glenn Ligon. Special Thanks: Matt Dilling, Lite Brite Neon, Scott Rothkopf & Whitney Museum of American Art. Theme Music: Peter Foley.