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Yoga in the Museum

Yoga in the Museum

Yoga in the Museum Mondays, September 17 – December 3, 2018 noon – 1:00 p.m. Experience a yoga class surrounded by works of art and engage in a practice that centers around balance, focus, and strength. A certified yoga instructor...
Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness September 14 – December 8, 2018 In partnership with Autograph, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present the United States premiere of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark...
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Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi

January 23 – May 19, 2018

 

“Witness,” 2011
Mixed media on paper
12 x 12 inches
Courtesy the artist
Collection of Michael Chesser

Deborah Roberts creates visually arresting collages that encourage important conversations about girlhood, vulnerability, body image, popular culture, self-image, and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism. Combining found photographs, painting, and drawing, she examines the weight that society places on Black girls. “Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi,” an original exhibition organized by the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, features more than 50 collages, paintings, and hand-painted serigraphs.

On view January 23 – May 19, 2018, the exhibition includes collages, for which Roberts has gained notoriety, that demonstrate how she grapples with the depiction of beauty and the development of self-image in Black women. It also features her hand-painted serigraphs of names that stereotypically sound like those of Black girls, challenging viewers to think deeply about how their own perceptions are guided by societal expectations and preconceived notions. It also features a group of early paintings and works on paper that serve as a catalyst for her current work. Incorporating art history, popular culture, Black culture, and American history, Roberts creates bold provocative works that confront and captivate. Click here to see more.