San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
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Black Womanhood
dal 30/1/2009 al 25/4/2009

Segnalato da

Christianne Penunuri

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Black Womanhood

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body

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Through the display of more than one hundred sculptures, prints, postcards, photographs, paintings, textiles, and video installations by artists from Africa, Europe, America, and the Caribbean, Black Womanhood provides an in-depth look at how images of the black female body have been created and used differently in Africa and the West. The exhibition explores themes such as ideals of beauty, fertility and sexuality, maternity and motherhood, and women's identities and social roles. It presents three separate but intersecting sections and reveals three different perspectives—the traditional African, Western colonial, and contemporary global—that have contributed to current ideas about Black Womanhood.

By contrasting historic representations of the African female body with contemporary representations of Black Womanhood, the exhibition peels back the layers of social, cultural, and political realities that have influenced the creation of stereotypes about black women. Black Womanhood promotes and encourages a deeper understanding of the various ways in which ideas about and responses to the black female body have been shaped as much by past histories as by contemporary experiences.

Black Womanhood features works by contemporary African and African-descended artists, and new works by emerging South African artists Zanele Muholi, Senzeni Marasela, and Nandipha Mntambo, which will be exhibited for the first time on the West coast. Also featured will be a new sculpture created especially for this exhibition by the African-American artist Joyce Scott.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a 370-page illustrated catalogue published by the Hood Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue make a valuable contribution to ongoing discussions of race, gender, and sexuality, promoting a deeper understanding of past and present readings of black womanhood, both in Africa and the West.

Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and is generously funded by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art.

The local presentation of this exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the SANA Art Foundation, Valerie Franklin, G.S. Levine Insurance Services, Inc., and SDMA’s African Arts Council and the Legler Benbough Foundation. Additional funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program, and members of the San Diego Museum of Art.

Image: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, When I'm not here / Estoy alla', 1996

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