What the Mirror Said
you a wonder.
you a city
of a woman.
you got a geography
of your own.
somebody need a map
to understand you.
somebody need directions
to move around you.
you not a noplace
What the Mirror Said is an exhibition that borrows its namesake title from a poem published in 1980 by the legendary African American poet, Lucille Clifton. Clifton’s words are written as an affirmation to Black women and serve as a mapping to guide Black girls and women to see themselves as a reflection of grandeur, of boundlessness, where society has localized their being.
This exhibition is an invitation into the collective imaginings of several Black women printmakers who have turned the gaze inward—as a mode of self-reflexivity and autonomy. In our largest group exhibition to date, Black Women of Print utilizes printmaking as a device to recollect and visually narrate how the artists see themselves and the world around them and to imagine otherwise.* -Tanekeya Word, exhibition curator
Chloe Alexander Dr. Deborah Grayson
LaToya M. Hobbs Ann Johnson Delita Martin
Althea Murphy-Price Karen J. Revis
Stephanie Santana Tanekeya Word
* Sharpe, Christina. “Lose Your Kin.” The New Inquiry, 16 November 2016, and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.
Image Details: Chloe Alexander, I didn't recognize you, you changed your hair, silkscreen, 2021, 11 x 20 in.