The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery | “Divine Woman”

By Editorial Team on March 4, 2024

Fri, March 8 2024 — Fri, May 10 2024

Fashionably Mo photograph by Reginald Cunningham
Opening: Friday, March 8 from 6-9pm

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is pleased to exhibit “Divine Woman” curated by Selena “Noir” Jackson. This exhibition will open on Friday, March 8th, with an Opening Reception from 6-9 pm. We invite you to stay during the opening reception for an Artist Talk with Photographer Reginald Cunningham alongside his wife Brittany Packnett at 7:30 pm.

“Divine Woman ” is a captivating exploration into the sacred tapestry of Black womanhood. Through the lens of Reginald Cunningham, this exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the question: “What does it mean to be a beautiful Black woman?” Cunningham began this series as a response to seeing Black women being denigrated for their aesthetic choices while women are celebrated for appropriating this aesthetic. Each portrait within this collection serves as a testament to the resilience and strength of Black womanhood and a celebration of the diverse expressions of beauty that defy categorization. From bold hairstyles to striking fashion statements his subjects radiate with an undeniable beauty that transcends societal constructs and embraces the inherent richness of their identity and individuality. This exhibition is a space where we take the time to appreciate the multifacetedness of Black Womanhood. Their hoop earring, braids, and gold jewelry are more than just a means of following trends on social media; they are part of a collective experience that is unique to Black Women and cannot be replicated or consumed.

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