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Ebony G. Patterson

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Thursday, February 1, 2018
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Watch Video
Open to the public
Free of charge

In much of her work, Jamaican artist Ebony G. Pat­ter­son explores the use of fem­i­nine gen­dered adorn­ment in the con­struct of urban mas­culin­ity, within the dance­hall com­mu­nity and in pop­u­lar cul­ture. Pat­ter­son embell­ishes pho­to­graphic tapes­tries by hand with bead­ing, sequins, fab­ric, and jew­elry — the result­ing works are visu­ally seduc­tive, while reveal­ing under­ly­ing ques­tions about stereo­typ­ing, vis­i­bil­ity, and race. Patterson’s solo exhi­bi­tions and projects have been shown inter­na­tion­ally and in the U.S. Pat­ter­son serves on the Artis­tic Director’s Coun­cil for Prospect.4, New Orleans (2017), and will present solo exhi­bi­tions at Perez Art Museum, Miami, and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, in 2018. She has been fea­tured in pub­li­ca­tions such as The New York Times, Frieze, Inter­view, Vogue, and the Inter­na­tional Review of African Amer­i­can Art. In her solo exhi­bi­tion Of 72, on view at the Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties Gallery from Jan­u­ary 11-Feb­ru­ary 9, 2018, Pat­ter­son remem­bers the vio­lent 2010 Tivoli Incur­sion in Kingston, Jamaica. An exhi­bi­tion recep­tion at the IH Gallery will fol­low this speaker series talk.

In part­ner­ship with the Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties.