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“Ain’t I A Woman?,” highlighting Black women artists in Wisconsin, opens Saturday at MMoCA

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The 2022 Wisconsin Triennial titled Ain’t I A Woman?, an exhibition that explores the intersection of race and gender as well as the underrepresentation of Black women artists in Wisconsin, will open at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) on Saturday, April 23.

Fatima Laster, the owner, operator, and curator of 5 Points Art Gallery + Studios in Milwaukee, is the guest curator for Ain’t I A Woman? which will run until October 9 and will highlight Black women artists in Wisconsin who expand upon the nature and scope of art production.

Fatima Laster

The theme of the 2022 Wisconsin Triennial is influenced by abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth’s quote and author bell hooks’ book on Black feminism, entitled Ain’t I A Woman?, according to MMoCA’s website, and Laster’s exhibition draws much-needed attention to the fact that most racial and gender-based equity and inclusion opportunities in the arts have been dominated by Black men and white women to the exclusion of Black women. Ain’t I A Woman? expands the discourse and highlights trailblazing women and their work.

Featured artists for Ain’t I A Woman? will include Anika Kowalik, Ariana Vaeth, Blanche Brown, Portia Cobb, Chrystal Denise Gillon, Della Wells, Emily Leach, Gabrielle Tesfaye, Joya Jean, Kierston Ghaznavi, LaNia Sproles, Lilada Gee, Martina Patterson, Maxime Banks, Nakeysha Roberts Washington, Nia Wilson, Rhonda Gatlin-Hayes, Rosemary Ollison, Rosy Petri, Ruthie Joy, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Sonji Yarbrough Hunt, and Tanekeya Word. Learn more about all of the artists by clicking here.

The exhibition will highlight an intergenerational group of women working across different disciplines, including murals, printmaking, sculpture, painting, performance, textiles, and more.

The opening celebration, coordinated by Annik Dupaty, director of events and volunteers for MMoCA, will be held on Saturday, April 23, 5-8 p.m.