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Ntozake Shange’s New York Exhibit Opens

When author and poet, Ntozake Shange debuted the powerful choreopoem, for colored girls in 1974, she shook the world of arts and literature.

The work was captivating and thought-provoking with a fearless rhythm that inspired women to acknowledge their complexities and forced men to really see the construct of the female species. Shange’s words were powerful and told through stories that resonated with the inner workings of life and being.

On September 17, The Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library, held the opening reception for i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntzokae Shange’s for colored girls.  The exhibit, which runs through January 3, 2015, features 20 specially-commissioned pieces that correspond to the 20 poems that are featured in the classic spoken-word drama, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf.

Additionally, existing works of art related to for colored girls extends to nearby Harlem galleries, The Sol Studios and La Maison d’Art through October 25th.

Below are few visuals from the Opening Reception:

Ntozake Shange celebrating the opening of exhibit i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls at the Schomburg Center, September 17, 2014

Ntozake Shange celebrating the opening of exhibit i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls at the Schomburg Center, September 17, 2014

 

Poet-Playwright Ntozake Shange in front of work by artist Margaret Rose Vendryes during the opening reception for i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls at the Schomburg Center. September 17, 2014

Poet-Playwright Ntozake Shange in front of work by artist Margaret Rose Vendryes during the opening reception for i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls at the Schomburg Center. September 17, 2014

 

Exhibition artists flock writer Ntozake Shange during opening reception of i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls at the Schomburg Center. September 17, 2014. L to R: SOL'SAX, Pamela Council, Uday K. Dhar, Dianne Smith, Kathleen Granados, Melissa Calderon, Arlene Rush, Marco Hall (designer not one of my artists), Kimberly Mayhorn, Nona Faustine, Michael Paul Britto, Beata Drozd - Center: Exhibit curator Souleo and Ntozake Shange

Exhibition artists flock writer Ntozake Shange during opening reception of i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls at the Schomburg Center. September 17, 2014. L to R: SOL’SAX, Pamela Council, Uday K. Dhar, Dianne Smith, Kathleen Granados, Melissa Calderon, Arlene Rush, Marco Hall designer, Kimberly Mayhorn, Nona Faustine, Michael Paul Britto, Beata Drozd – Center: Exhibit curator Souleo and Ntozake Shange

 (Photo Credit: Robert Gore)