i found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls...

i found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls...

January 15 - April 27, 2018

i found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls..., curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, celebrates the genre-bending, award-winning choreopoem/play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, which debuted on Broadway in 1976.

Presented in the exhibition are 10 commissioned artworks that are a tribute to the Broadway play. Each work honors an individual poem and underscores its enduring significance in highlighting issues impacting the lives of women of color such as sexuality, race, sisterhood, violence, and self-love as depicted in and inspired by Dr. Shange’s work. Featured artists include Michael Paul Britto, Melissa Calderón, Pamela Council, Uday K. Dhar, Kathleen Granados, Kimberly Mayhorn, Beau McCall, Amber Robles-Gordon, Dianne Smith, and Margaret Rose Vendryes.

The exhibition’s title is drawn from one of the last lines recited in the final poem, “a layin on of hands.” The title suggests that navigating through the complexities of what it means to be of color and woman is enlightened only by an understanding, acceptance, appreciation, and love of self. With self-empowerment comes the process of “movin to the ends of their own rainbows.”

Initially conceptualized and celebrated as a feminist rallying cry against misogyny, gender inequality, and white supremacy, Dr. Shange’s words have reverberated outside of her immediate targeted audience of women of color to impact the lives of individuals across lines of gender, race, class and sexuality. With a coalition of diverse artists, i found god in myself explores the universality inherent in Dr. Shange’s powerful message to the world.

i found god in myself originally debuted in 2014 in Harlem, NY as a multivenue experience at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Long Gallery Harlem (formerly The Sol Studio) and La Maison d’Art.

i found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls... is free with museum admission.

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