September 17 – December 4, 2021
A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking
912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55408
Opening reception: September 17 2021, 6:30 – 9p.m.
Highpoint is delighted to partner with Delita Martin and Tanekeya Word to deliver the exhibition A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking.
Curated by Milwaukee, WI-based printmaker and book artist Tanekeya Word, and Huffman, TX-based printmaker and Highpoint Editions artist Delita Martin, this marks the first national exhibition curated by Black women printmakers highlighting the experimental prints of Black women printmakers.
This exhibition will explore the work of 12 contemporary Black women printmakers who have shaped a place for themselves in the printmaking world. Utilizing their craft in an improvisational style, each printmaker brings personal narratives into focus while paying homage to the foremothers who came before them.
From Curator Tanekeya Word:
“Like our foremothers, Black women printmakers have used the tools in our hands to create visual languages that tell the stories of our past, present, future and the in-between spaces within fractal time. A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking explores the narratives of 12 contemporary Black women printmakers, living in the United States of America, who have shaped a place for themselves. Utilizing the elements of art, in an improvisational style, each printmaker shares matriarchal perspectives on Black interiority.
Co-curator Delita Martin and I champion collaboration, yet we knew the importance of presenting an exhibition that centered the works solely created from the creativity, self-reflexivity, intellectual thoughts and hands of the Black woman. A Contemporary Black Matriarchal Lineage in Printmaking marks the first national exhibition, curated by Black women printmakers highlighting the experimental prints of established and mid-career Black women printmakers.”
This exhibition will feature recent work made by the following twelve American printmakers: