Thursday, September 13, 2007
African-American Dolls at Ponder Gallery
Tyrone Geter is a wonderful artist, a friend, and the one of the curators of Ponder Gallery at Benedict College, the fourth large HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) in the United States. The campus is very small, very private, and only about a mile from my house...but I'd never been there until last night. I received an email from Tyrone about the opening of A Reflection and Interpretation of Our Culture: African-American Doll Collection of Cassandra Williams-Rush I knew I had to go. I'm so glad I did. I had no idea what to expect, having never been to a doll show of any kind. Yet, I've seen so many great images of dolls and doll-like figures on-line, that I compelled to see some in person.
There were many handmade, one-of-a-kind dolls. They were utterly beautiful, well crafted, and I was in awe. What I didn't expect were so many mass produced dolls...not that this was a problem. They were interesting too. I had no idea how many African American Barbies there are or that Madame Alexander has issued dozens too. The ones in these pictures were designed by Bob Mackie...yes, Cher's and Carol Burnett's fashion designer!
My favorites were the two created by Adrienne Anne McDonald. They were from what appeared to be a series called "Urban Faeries". The tag read, "Inspired by the decadent, whimsical, downtown New Yorkers, Urban Faeries are created from found objects and discarded clothing. One often thinks of faeries in the woods but they dance among the city streets." I especially liked the light bulb for a head...a very bright idea!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 12:34 PM