All Dolled Up: A 40 Year Celebration of WGSAC Annual Black Doll Show

February 10, 2021

February 20, 2021

12:00 am To 12:30 am

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Event Description

Our dolls are All Dolled Up, and unlike the rest of the world, have places to go!

The William Grant Still Arts Center (WGSAC) is pleased to announce our 2020 Black Doll Show: All Dolled Up: A 40 Year Celebration of the WGSAC Annual Black Doll Show.

The Black Doll Show is an annual winter tradition at WGSAC as positive self image remains just as necessary today for Africans and all people of color within the continent and in diaspora.

This year we will present a retrospective that will reflect 40 years of Black Dolls presented at the WGSAC. We continue to honor the diversity and uniqueness of the Black community, through an exhibition of historic, artistic, and commercial black dolls.

The Black Doll Show at the William Grant Still Arts Center was started in the 1980s by the Friends of William Grant Still Arts Center, with contemporary artist/curator Cecil Fergerson (1931-2013) as its first curator.

It was inspired by a doll test conducted by Mamie and Kenneth Clark in the 1940s. The tests concluded that due to social stigmas, many African-American children preferred white dolls over black dolls. This test went on to become evidence in civil rights law suits. The Clarks became expert witnesses in Brown vs. Board of Education, helping to create the landmark decision to desegregate schools. This doll test was conducted again in 2006 by 17 year old filmmaker Kiri Davis, sadly with the same results.

Closes February 20.




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