Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African American Women Artists

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DEDICATION

This catalogue and exhibition are dedicated to all African American women artists past and present.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

SO MANY wonderful individuals brought this catalogue to fruition. For their assistance I will be eternally grateful.

To my wonderful colleagues and friends of Spelman: Johnnetta B. Cole, President, Glenda Price, Provost; Billie Sue Schulze, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center; Tamara Plummer, Tony Bingham, Audree Irons, Charles Bullock, Delilah Wynn Brown, Floyd Coleman, Cynthia Cooke, Johnnie Davis, James Adair, Harold Rhynie, Clayton Bass, Everett Freeman, Tina Dunkley, DeJay Bird, Emily Hanna- Vergara, Arturo Lindsay, Lev Mills, Tuliza Fleming, John Bowden, Richard A. Long, Jo Moore Stewart, Andrea Barnwell, Alexander O'Neill, Haas & Martin, Deni M. McHenry and ExhibitsUSA, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Jacquelyn S. Marshall.

Thanks to the consultants to the exhibition: June Kelly, Alvia Wardlaw, Peg Alston.

Very Special Thanks to Akua McDaniel and Beverly Guy-Sheftall for their support from Beginning to End.

Sincere thanks for invaluable and immeasurable assistance to Manuela Soares, editor, and Abby Goldstein, designer of the catalogue.

I am profoundly grateful to my Spelman and Clark Atlanta University students: Kimberly Brown, Libya Doman, Dawn Glover, Wendi O'Neal, Kakuya Shakur, Niambi Sims, Miesha Hardison, Anne Collins Smith.

A special thanks to my family: Freddie A. Robinson, Earl Robinson and Dana McGee, Salim Ibn Malik, Dorothy Grovey Ellis, Nell and Claude Cole, JonnÉllè Cole-Hollins, Aysha and Briana. And thanks to my neighbors and friends: Giselle, Clyde, Matthew, and Julian Clark; Martine, Earl, and Vanessa Ford; Elizabeth Cook, and Anna.

Thanks to Spelman student Ariel Brown, my research associate, who is intelligent, lucid, considerate, and gave invaluable assistance in writing the biographies.

To my daughter, Prajjon Nicolle Robinson, who at age four already understands how important books are and entertained herself for long stretches of time while I worked on this project. Jontyle Theresa Robinson.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Dedication 5
  • Acknowledgments 5
  • Contents 7
  • Preface 9
  • Foreword 11
  • The Visual Education of Spelman Women 12
  • Notes 13
  • Passages - A Curatorial Viewpoint 15
  • Notes 36
  • Warrior Women: Art as Resistance 39
  • Notes 47
  • Triumphant Determination: the Legacy of African American Women Artists 49
  • Notes 78
  • African American Women Artists - Into the Twenty-First Century 83
  • Notes 93
  • Hagar's Daughters: Social History, Cultural Heritage, and Afro-U.S. Women's Art 95
  • Notes 108
  • Illustrations and Biographies 113
  • Afterword 161
  • Chronology 162
  • Selected Bibliography 165
  • List of Illustrations 172
  • Index 174
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