Amber Coleman curated this exhibition in conjunction with her applied project for her Masters of Art Education at the Dodd, entitled "Understanding Black Feminist Theory and the Representation of African American Women’s Art in Museums: Engaging Black Women in Critical Dialogue." The purpose of this project is to critically examine and artistically reflect on how Black feminist theory can be utilized to educate art museum visitors and curate African American women’s art in museums. The participants, Amber Coleman, Ashley Crooks-Allen, Karina Lewis, and Monique May, created works of art after reflecting on their own Black/feminine experiences while exploring Black feminist theory, African American women’s artworks, and museum educational practices. This group of young professional Black women participated in a series of field trips, readings, and art-making and writing activities in order to create an exhibition that asks viewers to think critically about how African American women’s art exists in museums and how we understand and learn from these works. The artists featured in the exhibition hope to provide a better understanding and increased representation of African American women’s art and challenge others to question how Black feminist theory can work within exhibition spaces.
To Be Black and Female: Reflecting on Black Feminism and African American Women's Art in Museums
Thursday, October 12, 2017 to Friday, November 10, 2017