Tonight was a first. I saw a painting from the 19th c & it resonated with an old part of me, perhaps not in a way you’d think.
Before today, I certainly did’t know #Matisse
had visited #harlem
NY, nor did I know that Black Women were primary & equal subjects in some of the art of famous romantic & impressionist artists such as he, #Manet
(Details on this 🙌🏽 exhibit below).
Le baiser enfantin (The childlike kiss), 1865, by Jacques-Eugène Feyen, shows 2 women of the same social/professional status level, while at work, taking care of children together. Honestly, when I 1st saw this & heard the story, I kinda wished that the woman who rudely assumed I was my White friend’s nanny last year was in the tour group w/me, listening to the exhibit curator, to get schooled. Guess I’m still a bit upset that someone would assume I’m my friend’s nanny just b/c I am Black.
Once that hurt dissolved, I thought back 16yrs ago when I was a 20 yr old undergrad & live-in care provider for an 86 yr old Black woman w/ Alzheimer’s. My White classmate & I were her care providers, our job in exchange for free NYC rent & food (swipe to see her sweet face 💗)
When I saw this painting, I thought of my old college roommate, our young/ elder, who we both loved & cared for, & whose bottom we literally had to wipe when accidents happened. 🤢😂 Oh boy...those were some days, & unique fellowship.
Anyway...started to wonder, how often in #art
, film, theater, & tv, do we see narratives of not only equality among professional fellowship, across race/ethnic lines, but just genuine interracial friendships/fellowship as well? Do you recall many /any (aside from the phenomenal @nbcthisisus
) that authentically render such genuine human narratives beyond surface level fluff? If so, do share...I’m curious!
🎨on display at #PosingModernity
: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse and Beyond, curated by #DeniseMurrell
at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery (runs til Feb.20-curator) & Musée d’Orsay ( Mar. 26 to July 14-co-curator).
#exhibits #WallachArtGallery #Muséedorsay #blackwomeninart #diversityinart #reflectionsofsociety #buriedhistories #instasurvey