Traveling exhibition is platform for African-American woman artists

‘#UnDefined'

The beauty of “#Un(Defined) Visible/Invisible Black Woman” is that, despite its title, it's not a topical, conscious or protest art show. Or, at least, it doesn't have to be.

Curator Jenita Landrum said the purpose of the exhibition is to provide a platform for African-American woman artists.

“We're here, we're visible, but we're treated like we're invisible,” Landrum said. “But it's art first. I didn't want it to be ‘the black show' or ‘the women's show.' It's about art-making, about process.”

Some participating artists — Landrum assembled a core group that meets regularly for critique and encouragement, and supplemented their work with that of a handful of Columbus-based artists — use traditional African or African-American forms in their practice, and some may include social commentary in their work. But, for Landrum, those were not conditions. She did ask the participating artists to make new work that spoke to the theme of visibility, however.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, with artists lectures scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10, at 1 and 5 p.m.