(Kansas City, MO, 1924 - )
Based in New York, nonagenarian Henrietta Mantooth is a painter and installation artist who has also worked in theater as an actor and designer. Using art as a site of visual storytelling, Mantooth’s work is centered on issues of mass incarceration, racial discrimination and segregation, migrants and refugees–the “displaced”–whether individual or collective. Her development as an artist has been shaped by multidisciplinary and language studies at the University of Mexico City, University of Caracas, and The Art Students League, among other schools. Recognized by an artist residency at the Joan Mitchell Center, Mantooth has exhibited internationally, including the Queens Museum of Art and Artists Space in New York, the 1963 São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, and the Kleinert James Art Center, among other alternative spaces.