Fragments of a Dream

May 8, 2018 to September 9, 2018

Akosua Adoma Owusu’s 2007 video Intermittent Delight juxtaposes close-ups of batik textiles, fashion and design from the 1950s and 1960s, images of men weaving and women sewing in Ghana, and fragments of a 1960s Westinghouse commercial intended to teach women how to decorate a refrigerator. The video touches on the idea of feminism’s uneven geographical and historical development, and the nuances of the labor conditions that women face, depending on where they live. Owusu’s video is complemented by artworks by African American artists drawn from the McNay’s collection.

This exhibition is organized by Ren. Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, and Jacqueline Edwards, Assistant Curator, for the McNay Art Museum. Lead funding is most generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.

Image: Akosua Adoma Owusu, Still from Intermittent Delight, 2007. Courtesy of Obibini Pictures LLC.