March is Women’s History Month and the Gantt Center is exhibiting a timely group of artists in their current show, “I See You – Politics of Being.” The exhibit comprises the work of artists Endia Beal, Michaela Pilar Brown, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, and Alexandria Smith.
These women, along with exhibit curators, artists and local scholars, will participate in a forum being held on Friday, March 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Subjects to be discussed will include the creative process, factors influencing how society views women through a stereotypical lens and contemporary visual art and the experiences of black women from Africa throughout the Diaspora. Performance art pieces will also be presented by 2 of the artists.
Michaela Pilar Brown will present her own nude and bound body behind a hawker and circus tent, inviting the audience to give her a drink, cut the ties that bind her or simply speak to her. Brown is known for challenging notions of the marginalization of and fascination with women’s bodies, as well as current perceptions of black femininity, identity and power.
Raimundi-Ortiz will create a new Queen piece, one in which she allows the viewer to witness the creation of the porcelain queen, with emphasis on the time consuming nature of packing something delicate in nature, sometimes to that object’s very detriment.
Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members and students, and can be purchased at www.ganttcenter.org or at the Center’s Guest Services Desk.