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Kidspace Opening Reception Still I Rise


You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise

Drawing from Maya Angelou’s 1978 verse, Still I Rise uses portraiture to re-imagine nuanced images of women. Artists Gustave Blache III, E2 – Kleinveld & Julien, Genevieve Gaignard, Tim Okamura, and Deborah Roberts looked closely at portrayals of women of color throughout history, and discovered an absence of portraits of people who looked like them, or their families and friends. Through their photography, paintings, collage, and installation work, the artists fill in those blank spaces. Throughout western art history, when women are the subjects of portraiture, they have typically been white. In some cases these women were shown in ways that were pretty exceptional for the time — as strong rulers, for example, or as commanding social forces. It was only on rare occasions that the painters or photographers were women themselves, which provides a distinctly different point of view. Still I Rise artists attempt to make art history and the art field, as well as portraiture that captures a person’s character and appearance, more inclusive of women of color.

Join us for the Opening Reception to meet the artists, make some art of your own, and enjoy a bite to eat, compliments of Guido’s Fresh Marketplace.

Admission to Kidspace is always free; the ArtBar is open on weekends and during school breaks.

Untitled, 2017
Deborah Roberts
Mixed media on paper
30 x 22 inches
Photo Credit: Philip Rogers

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