Spelman Exhibit Honors Ancestors

by Dana Goldman

As a young child of a black family in Cuba in the 1960s, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons loved art. But the art she saw in galleries left her feeling out of sorts.

“When I was young and I was growing up in Cuba I remember going to the museum and wondering where are the people like me? Where are the histories of my mother, my grandmother, my aunt? I’m going to put those faces in this museum.”

For the Spelman exhibition, Campos-Pons recreated a work she first showed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It’s called “Spoken Softly with Mama” and it projects three images of black women at work onto ironing boards. One woman balances starched embroidered white linens on her head. Read the full article.

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