Beyond Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women

Beyond Mammy, Jezebel and Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women
Library Shelf Location 06.WOME
Publication Date 2016

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.

Contributing artists include:

  • Romare Howard Bearden
  • Mildred Howard
  • Wangechi Mutu
  • Lorna Simpson
  • Kara Walker
  • Robert H. Colescott
  • Ellen Gallagher
  • Alison Saar
  • Mickalene Thomas

The essays in this publication similarly present a variety of perspectives on the artworks and the ideas they present. Contributions from a diverse group of accomplished scholars, activists, artists, and writers provide multiple viewpoints from which to consider the exhibition and the questions it presents. Together, the artists' works and the author's voices reveal the complexity of identity, the necessity for self-determination, and the power of art to stimulate dialogue.

Essays by:

  • Heidi R. Lewis
  • Roland Mitchell

Contributions by:

  • Takiyah Nur Amin
  • Velva Boles
  • Claire Garcia
  • Jean Gumpper
  • Kate Leonard
  • Venetria K. Patton
  • Sha'Condria Sibley
  • Karen Riley Simmons
  • Cladine Taaffe

The Beyond Mammy, Jezebel & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women exhibition is jointly curated by Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Director of Academic Engagement / Curator of Interdisciplinary Arts, Colorado College and Megan Valentine, Curator & Registrar, Alexandria Museum of Art.

ISBN 9780692803172
Quantity 1
Pages 80
Format Hardback
Publisher Jordan Schitzer Family Foundation
Related Artists Romare Howard Bearden, Mildred Howard, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Robert H Colescott, Ellen Gallagher, Alison Saar, Mickalene Thomas
Category Art by Subject
Keywords Women, Race (concept), Cultural appropriation
Language English

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