The Power of Black Feminist Creatives in the Arts

In 1970, the Ad Hoc Women Artists’ Committee (Ad Hoc) protested at the Whitney Museum every Sunday for four months. Their demands? That 50 percent of the artists at their exhibition that year be Black women. Spearheading this protest was author and Ad Hoc member, Michele Wallace. Wallace’s activist group, “Women Students and Artists for Black Liberation” (WSABAL) was central to advancing a need for Black women to be centered and seen at the Whitney but in the arts in general. Fifty-one years later, what has changed for Black feminist creatives in the arts in terms of representation, inclusion, and equity? This panel discussion centers the voices, creativity, power, politics, and resiliency of Black feminist artists across disciplines and from historical and contemporary perspectives.

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Janyce Denise Glasper

Black Women Make Art

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Siima Itabaaza


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Jordyn Jay

Black Trans Femmes in the Arts

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Jaimee Swift

Black Woman Radicals

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