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.
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