BEYOND MAMMY, JEZEBEL, & SAPPHIRE: RECLAIMING IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN // ALEXANDRIA MUSEUM OF ART


Curated jointly by the InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts Space at Colorado College and the Alexandria Museum of Art from the Jordan Schnitzer Family FoundationBeyond Mammy, Jezebel, & Sapphire features images of and by Black women. The exhibition examines the trope of the “Strong Black Woman”, uncovering the opportunities and dangers that this characterization creates for Black women. From the suffering mama, to the stoic victim, to the sassy broad – the images presented in the exhibition question and overturn entrenched archetypes of Black femininity. Frankly addressing idea such as frailty, sexualized power, and racially bounded ideals of beauty the exhibition presents us with compelling and nuanced examinations of multiple Black female identities and experiences.


EXHIBITION CATALOG


VIDEO

Filmed during the opening exhibition of Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, and Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women, co-curated with Colorado College, from the Jordan Schnitzer/Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation , featuring artist Mildred Howard of San Francisco.

PHOTOS

Installation images of Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, & Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women at the Alexandria Museum of Art, 2016.  // Photos courtesy the Alexandria Museum of Art