Throughout his career, Glenn Ligon’s (b. 1960, New York City, New York) work explores race, language, desire, sexuality and identity. He is best known for his landmark series of highly textured, text-based paintings, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures such as Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman and Richard Pryor. Linda Pace met Ligon during his 1998 Artpace residency, and then later collected the artwork from his acclaimed Stranger in the Village series, where he uses glue, coal, dust and ink to stencil selections from James Baldwin’s 1953 essay. The artwork in the permanent collection was created during Ligon’s Artpace residency in 1998.