"I FOUND GOD IN MYSELF" - The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's "for Colored Girls"

  • La Maison d'Art 259 W 132nd St New York, NY, 10027 United States

Join us for a special live reading featuring excerpts from Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls/who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” staged by Kim Weston-Moran. Following the reading will be a panel discussion featuring exhibiting visual artists discussing the exhibition, i found god in myself: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF NTOZAKE SHANGE’S for colored girls…. The exhibiton’s curator, Souleo, will moderate.

"I FOUND GOD IN MYSELF" is a multimedia and multigallery exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf."
 
Since its debut performance in 1974 just outside Berkeley, California, at a bar named the Bacchanal, Shange’s work has captivated, provoked, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the world. On display at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are 20 specially commissioned pieces in honor of the individual poems and archival material that traces the journey of Shange’s text from that bar in California to its critically acclaimed run on Broadway.
 
The multigallery exhibition extends beyond the walls of the Schomburg to include additional noncommissioned artworks on display at two satellite locations, La Maison d’Art and The Sol Studio. These multimedia works portray women at the life stages of youth, adulthood, and late adulthood. Thereby each work gives tangible life-form to Shange’s words and women’s contemporary experiences with issues such as class, body image, gender identity, immigration, politics, war, love, sexuality, racial identity, sisterhood, and ultimately self-love.
 
"I FOUND GOD IN MYSELF" is curated and organized by Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC.


Performers

Cherie Danielle - Lady in Yellow

Kim Gardner - Lady in Green

Adiagha Faizah - Lady in Blue

Eren T. Gibson - Lady in Purple

Aixa Kendricks - Lady in Red


Panelists

Jeanine Alfieri

A graduate of the California College of Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles, Alfieri creates work using the three mediums she loves most; fabric, sculpture and painting. Using the female, from a life cast, she combines these materials uniquely and without restriction. Alfieri’s work has been featured in countless solo and group exhibitions. She holds numerous awards in sculpture, is a member of The National Association of Women Artists, The International Sculpture Center, the Provincetown Art Association and has recently become a member of the Bronx Council On the Arts.

 

Nona Faustine

Nona Faustine is a native of Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, in 2013 she attained her MFA, from The International Center of Photography at Bard College. The heart of her work speaks to what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Nona’s practice focuses on history and folklore, with a concentrated interest in gender, and identity politics.

 

Andre St. Clair

André St. Clair aka André St. Clair Thompson and Andrea St. Clair, is America's Gender Nonconformist interdisciplinary artist, speaker and activist. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Sexuality and Society from Brown University, an MA and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to shape her work.


Moderator

 Souleo

Peter “Souleo” Wright creates and produces entertaining and informative events, media and artistic projects. Souleo holds a B.A. in English from Brown University. As a journalist he has written for Newsweek, NY Daily News, Ebony, New York Press, Black Enterprise and more. Souleo is the creator of the column “On the ‘A’ w/ Souleo” which is now syndicated online across several media properties including Huffington Post, EBONY.com, SoulTrain.com, New York Amsterdam News, and Rolling Out. In partnership with the New York Public Library, he produces LGBT, financial literacy and creative programming. As a curator, his notable exhibitions include "eMerge: Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp," the first-ever AARP exhibition "Lasting Legacy: The Journey of You," Harlem’s unprecedented multi-gallery collaborative exhibition "Motown to Def Jam,” and the visual art debut of Melvin Van Peebles in “eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles and Artists on the Cusp.” In 2014, Souleo made his curatorial debut at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with “i found god in myself: 40th anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…


Opening Reception's Photos