Abstract or familiar, craftsman or improvised, political or sublime, the works in Material Girls all share the urge to portray the experiences of contemporary black women artists. Whether with a West African-style mask festooned in car parts or a roll of ribbon with layers like rings on an ancient tree, the artists showing through October 16 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum have all engaged three-dimensional space with their sculptures, installations and mixed-media assemblages. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum elaborates:
Using hair, beads, tissue paper, rubber tires, plastic and other materials, the artists craft provocative forms and intricate surfaces that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.
Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Through October 16, 2011