Zora Neale Hurston: Folklore, Democracy, and the Art of Identity Construction

Zora Neale Hurston: Folklore, Democracy, and the Art of Identity Construction

“I lay my burdens and my flowers down together 
mixing them quickly and quietly against my colander 
fixing coriander and culantro I serve for my nerves 

set under the Sirius
& this is where I’ll fix my problems
I’ll be cooking up good smells, and good trouble 
in the age of Aquarius
& quiet the problems that plague me.”– Lay It Down The Drum, Chiara Atoyebi”

DEVASTATING LOVES & TRANSCENDENT HATREDS

DEVASTATING LOVES & TRANSCENDENT HATREDS

Devastating Loves and Transcendent Hatreds features artwork created by women (including those who identify as female and non-binary) in a variety of media and materials that tell stories of these extreme emotional states – of passion and obsession, devastation and transcendence.

Alice Neel: From Personal Struggle To Artistic Absolution

Alice Neel: From Personal Struggle To Artistic Absolution

As I continue to delve into the themes of motherhood, relationships, loss, and second chances, I became intrigued by Alice Neel’s story. Her experiences resonate with the struggle faced by daughters of women who feel confined by their circumstances. As women, we often emulate what we saw our mothers do or strive for the independence they were unable to attain. Ironically, even if we succeed in breaking free from financial constraints, we may still struggle with unspoken emotions of grief and loss.

African American Artist Bisa Butler Delicately Interweaves The African and American Story With Her Unique Quilt Designs

African American Artist Bisa Butler Delicately Interweaves The African and American Story With Her Unique Quilt Designs

To experience a Bisa Butler exhibition is to encounter the collective memory of a community interwoven with vibrantly hued threads. It is a reminder that the stories we choose to narrate, and the voices we amplify, shape our understanding of history. As we continue to reassess and reinterpret these moments in time Butler’s work provides an invaluable perspective, and a testament to the African American journey and contribution to the American tapestry.

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Please see the themes that we have selected for 2023–24. Download the PDF and submit your abstract on our contact page.