This exhibition features images that examine and interrogate culturally constructed controlling images of Black women; from the suffering mama, to the stoic victim, to the sassy broad – the images presented in the exhibition question and overturn entrenched archetypes of Black femininity.
Engaging a wide range of experiences and artistic practices, the nine artists featured in this exhibition challenge the controlling images of Black women that continue to pervade our culture and influence perceptions.
Their artworks jar loose expectations and replace simplistic narratives with nuanced, sophisticated meditations on contemporary identity.
Frankly addressing idea such as frailty, sexualized power, and racially bounded ideals of beauty, Reclaiming Images presents us with compelling and nuanced examinations of multiple Black female identities and experiences.
Featured artists: Romare Howard Bearden, Robert H. Colescott, Ellen Gallagher, Mildred Howard, Wangechi Mutu, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker.
Curated from the Schnitzer Collection by IDEA and the Alexandria Museum of Art (Alexandria, Louisiana).