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35th annual Black Doll Show (2015): Trench Art Retrospective: The War Against HIV/AIDS Women of the African Diaspora in the Trenches, curated by Dr. Cynthia Davis
35th annual Black Doll Show (2015): Trench Art Retrospective: The War Against HIV/AIDS Women of the African Diaspora in the Trenches, curated by Dr. Cynthia Davis
Black Doll Show

Celebrating Black Girlhood at the 38th Annual Black Doll Show

In 1939 and '40, psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark published papers detailing tests that showed that African-American children routinely chose to play with white dolls over black dolls. With this landmark study on self-image as an inspiration, the 38th annual Black Doll Show honors black girlhood in all its many splendors. Reclaiming the doll as both an affirming archetype and a blank canvas, the exhibition illustrates aspects of the black experience: activism, play ("Double Dutch — Black Girlhood" is the show's theme this year), pride and self-worth, and hair — as seen through the prism of a child's doll.

William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 S. West View St., West Adams; Thu., Jan. 3, noon; thru Feb. 16; free. (323) 734-1165, wgsac.wordpress.com/exhibition/annual-black-doll-show.

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