Women in Power in the Arts

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
1st floor & 6th floor lobbies
Societal norms that value white men and their work more than any other demographic exist just as much in the arts as they do in other areas of American culture. African-American women and women of color face a host of challenges as they navigate professional careers in the arts without compromising artistic and personal integrity, including: unequal pay, exclusion from performances and galleries, discriminatory and predatory contracting practices, patronizing reception, and code switching among many others. The pivotal contributions to the arts by women of color have had long-lasting impacts on the direction and development of their artistic fields, yet it is most often the results shown in the later work of others that is remembered, celebrated, and canonized, not the original break through contribution. 

Each artist presented in this exhibit is recognized as a trailblazer in their field and inspirational mentors to subsequent generations of women of color in the arts.

Books, audio, and video selections presented on the 1st floor may be taken from the exhibit and checked out of the library at hte 1st floor Check Out Desk. 

This exhibit was developed in partnership with Amistad Research Center, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library general collections, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Rare Books, and Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections.