Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (left) in 1971. Image from the Huffington Post.
The first exhibition ever to showcase the work of exclusively black female artists was in 1971. Today the Brooklyn Museum is presenting We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women: 1965-1985, a new exhibition about black women artists of that time period. Those who participated in a movement to increase the visibility of black women artists from the 1960s to the 1980s aligned themselves with the black arts movement over the women’s liberation movement, as the latter was mostly led by white, middle-class women. The exhibition includes works from 40 artists who aimed to show the implications of being a woman artist of color.
Female artists are vastly underrepresented in museums in general, but especially when they are also black, which is why exhibitions like the Brooklyn Museum’s are so important. Efforts to increase the number of women artists, especially women of color, is a topic of discussion at many institutions.
To learn more about the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition, please visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/14-extraordinary-black-women-artists-are-now-on-view-in-brooklyn_us_58fe540de4b00fa7de16bfb3?ir=Arts&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000030§ion=us_arts.
To learn more about the lack of women artists in museum collections, please visit: https://www.apollo-magazine.com/inquiry-wall-flowers-women-historical-art-collections/.
Amy Shirer ’18