The exhibit “I Found God in Myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for Colored Girls” that is temporarily showcased at the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture in New York, NY is what enticed me to stop by.
The art gallery was small but all twenty exhibits were powerful. Each piece represented a poem that reflected the issues that affects the lives of African American women.
The focal point of the poems and art pieces were politics, social or various issues that women may experience.
What inspired Shange to title the exhibit, “I Found God in Myself?”
The name explores the complexities of what it is like to be African American and the meaning of being a woman. Hopefully, after doing some soul searching, you will be led to a greater understanding of the importance of the acceptance of one’s self.
I love the meaning behind the title because there are a lot of people who are still learning how to love and appreciate themselves for who they are. I truly believe that once an individual can love themselves, all of themselves, then he or she will be able to effortlessly step into their purpose in life.
I walked around until I saw all of the art pieces. They were equally, beautiful, creative, compelling, unique and thought provoking. There weren’t many paintings but the pieces were created in such a way that portrayed an optical illusion. The artwork drew my eyes and kept them fastened until I was thoroughly satisfied with the message that it depicted.
After checking out the art gallery, I toured the rest of the building. There are several divisions within the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture.
There are the Art and Artifacts Division, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, Photographs and Prints Division, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division and the Manuscripts, Archives and the Rare Books Division. There is also a gift shop and a courtyard that is utilized when the weather is warm.
Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture solely focuses on African Diaspora and the African American people. This institution was named after Arturo Alfonso Schomburg who spent his life collecting photos and documents of African experiences. The doors has been open since 1905.
Overall, the exhibit “I Found God in Myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for Colored Girls was well worth my trip! The art gallery was free and insightful.
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