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Ain’t I A Woman?

April 23, 2022 – October 9, 2022

 2022 Wisconsin Triennial, Fatima Laster, Guest Curator

illustration of two people's silhouettes facing each other in a field of flowers
Zari Williams, Miss Celie’s Blues I, 2022. Linoleum print on cotton rag paper. 11×15 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.
Overview

The Wisconsin Triennial, a cornerstone of the Museum’s curatorial programming, is known as a celebration of the breadth and range of artistic practices in the state. For the first time in the Triennial’s history, the exhibition is being organized by a Guest Curator, Fatima Laster. Laster is owner, operator, and curator of 5 Points Art Gallery + Studios in Milwaukee. Ain’t I A Woman? highlights Black women artists in Wisconsin who expand upon the nature and scope of art production. The exhibition will highlight an intergenerational group of women working across different disciplines, including murals, printmaking, sculpture, painting, performance, textiles, and more.

The theme of the 2022 Wisconsin Triennial is influenced by abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth’s quote and author bell hooks’ book on Black feminism, entitled Ain’t I A Woman?. Laster’s exhibition draws much needed attention to the fact that most racial and gender-based equity and inclusion opportunities in the arts have been dominated by Black men and white women to the exclusion of Black women. Ain’t I A Woman? expands the discourse and highlights trailblazing women and their work.

Featured artists include: Anika Kowalik, Ariana Vaeth, Blanche Brown, Portia Cobb, Chrystal Denise Gillon, Della Wells, Emily Leach, Gabrielle Tesfaye, Joya Jean, Kierston Ghaznavi, LaNia Sproles, Lilada Gee, Martina Patterson, Maxime Banks, Nakeysha Roberts Washington, Nia Wilson, Rhonda Gatlin-Hayes, Rosemary Ollison, Rosy Petri, Ruthie Joy, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, Sonji Yarbrough Hunt, and Tanekeya Word. Learn more about them.

Ain’t I A Woman? will be presented in the Museum’s State Street Gallery, Lobby, and The Shop, and be accompanied by robust educational programming throughout the run of the exhibition organized by Charlotte Cummins, Director of Education and Programs, and an opening celebration on April 23, 2022, from 5-8 PM coordinated by Annik Dupaty, Director of Events and Volunteers.


Reading List

The books on identity and antiracism are included in the Learning Center for your self-exploration and enjoyment while at the Museum. Please take a copy of the reading list and borrow these books from your local library, or find them through ittybittybookstore.com

Special thanks to Nicole Isaacs, who curated the youth titles.

  • Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Jessica Curry
  • The People Remember by Ibi Zobi
  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
  • This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  • Happy to be Nappy by bell hooks
  • I am Joy! Affirmation & Activity Coloring Book for Girls by Lilada Gee
  • Creating their own Image by Lisa Farrington
  • The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
  • Art on My Mind visual politics by bell hooks
  • Pauli Murray: Song in a Weary Throat by Pauli Murray
  • The Master’s Tools will never dismantle the master’s house by Audre Lorde
  • Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks

Interview with Guest Curator, Fatima Laster

Get to Know the Artists


Events & Programming

Check this page for future events and programs related to the exhibition.

illustration of two people's silhouettes facing each other in a field of flowers

EXHIBITION CELEBRATION | RECEPTION FOR AIN’T I A WOMAN?

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 5-8 PM • Free Admission

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Selected Artists for “Ain’t I A Woman?”

Jan 19 2022

Photo by Jordan King. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kjRHA2FsDw Anika Kowalik Anika Kowalik bore roots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and completed a BFA in Printmaking at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2017. Kowalik’s…

MMoCA Announces the Selection of Fatima Laster as the Wisconsin Triennial’s First Guest Curator

Aug 30 2021

Selection of Fatima Laster as MMoCA’s First Guest Curator Press Release The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) is pleased to announce the selection of Milwaukee-based artist and gallery founder…


Zari Williams, Miss Celie’s Blues II, 2022. Linoleum print on cotton rag paper. 11×15 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Exhibition Support

Major Sponsorship for the 2022 Wisconsin Triennial has been provided by Gina and Michael Carter, and Darcy Kind and Marc Vitale. Additional support has been provided by Frank Beer Distributors and Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of the Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.