|Alexandria Museum of Art. Mickalene Thomas, “Why Can’t We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over,” edition 39/40, screenprint, 2006.|
Combating the stereotypes of Black women in mainstream culture, "From the suffering mama, to the stoic victim, to the sassy broad," the exhibit explores our femininity. "Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, and Sapphire" includes pieces by artists Alison Saar, Kara Walker, Mickalene Thomas and Lorna Simpson, “people I thought were particularly important to the themes of the show," says Hunter-Larson. Work by Romare Howard Bearden, Robert H. Colescott, Wangechi Mutu and other well known artists helps to "inspire audiences to think critically about these and the many other dangerous assumptions about Black women in ways that are far more complex than discourses outside of Black feminism and womanism typically allow," reads the exhibit catalogue. "A large part of that work entails listening intently to the ways Black women, including the artists featured here, think about and discuss ourselves on our own terms, which is critical.”
|Alexandria Museum of Art. Lorna Simpson, “C-Rations, edition of 50,” silver gelatin print, 1991.|
|Alexandria Museum of Art. Mildred Howard, “I’ve Been a Witness to this Game III,” color monoprint/digital on found paper with collage, 2016.|
“Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women” runs from through May 16th at the InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts Space at Colorado College.