ART: “Why Can’t We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over” by Mickalene Thomas
A NEW art exhibit is breaking down stereotypes associated with black women. The exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana is titled “Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women,” which deconstructs the limiting categorisations mainstream culture allows black women.
The artists showcase their view on these stereotypes and transform them into challenging, poetic and thorough visualisations of black culture.
According to the gallery’s website, the exhibit features work from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation curated jointly by the InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts Space at Colorado College and the AMoA. Each work in the showcase unpacks the stereotypes of the angry, emasculating Sapphire, the overtly sexual Jezebel and the selflessly nurturing Mammy. In doing so, each idea is disproved in images.
View more of the artwork here