Black Gossamer at Glass Curtain Gallery

Wangechi Mutu, "Pin Up"

Exhibition Dates: November 17, 2011- February 11, 2012

Reception: November 17, 2011, 5-8pm

An anxiousness exists among people of color because there is still an expectation to “perform,” explain and react to one’s Blackness in society, maybe even make excuses for it, both within and outside “black” culture. One outlet utilized to express this dichotomy is through dress. Clothing has long surpassed its place among the basic needs; and now envelops us, a haven of memory (both tactile and cognitive) tacitly signifying deep-set beliefs, cementing our perceived social status and declaring anything from gender to mood.

Black Gossamer showcases the work of black contemporary artists who use and draw inspiration from clothing, fashion, textiles and fabrications to explore and uncover recent revolutions in black identity. Artists will not only present exciting new ways they are working with dress, but also reveal the meanings and hidden codes behind their work – initiating dialogues on where black culture is today, where it is going and what that means.

Marlon Griffith, "Louis, from the Powder Box School Girl Series"

Artists: Aisha Bell, Sheila Bridges, Myra Greene, Marlon Griffith, Krisanne Johnson, Kalup Linzy, Wangechi Mutu, Ebony G. Patterson

Exhibition Programing:

November 18 : “Taboo Fashion and Chameleon Identities” Gallery Artist Talk with Artists Aisha Bell and Ebony G. Patterson, 11-12:30pm.
November 22: Critical Encounters Cafe Society
 discussion with artist Myra Greene and Curator, 4-6pm.
February 1: Closing Reception – African American Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Academic Partners: African-American Cultural Affairs, Fashion Studies, Critical Encounters

Curated by: Camille Morgan

Exhibition Contact: Justin Witte/ jwitte@colum.edu/312-369-8177
Glass Curtain Gallery is located at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor