AT THE COLUMBIA MUSEUM
From Nina Simone Four Women
Nina Simone: Music, Truth and Activism
Nina Simone has long been heralded a vanguard voice for civil rights, social justice and political activism. “Four Women," released in 1966, is her musical treatise on standards of beauty and the history that the skin color, hair texture and facial features of each of these four women represent. With her own full lips, broad nose, and dark skin, Nina Simone inhabited a world diametrically opposite the standard of beauty as defined in the western world.
Her composition “Four Women" presents four African American female archetypes and captures perfectly the dichotomy in the definition of Black American standards of beauty. With Geter’s masterful line Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing and the defiant Peaches are given form, providing many educational opportunities to explore notions of beauty, history, gender roles, spirituality and the marriage of music and art.
ART OF THE MISDIRECT
An Inside Look
In The Art of The Misdirect, young men are adorned in hoodie, a garment which has become synonymous with violence when worn by young African American males, while becoming a mainstay of the hip American fashion industry. In Geter’s work the young man is filled with intellectual curiosity. Their expressions does not reflect anger; They are non-threatening and self contained, all of which is in stark contrast to media reports. In his narrative, Geter makes the point that explore the fact that internationally celebrated designers co-opt this exact style, making millions of dollars in the process.
colorful histories of my people. Early in my career, I believed that the more realistic the style and technique, the more signiﬁcant and profound the statement; that the ability to communicate experiences was greatlyimproved by a well-rendered ﬁgure. Nigeria changed that notion.
Living in Africa from 1979 – 1987 profoundly transformed my life and work. The richness, color, and complexities of the Nigeria’s people and cultures showed me that creative interpretation combined with relevant ideas were also important factors. I began to push the personal limits of my approach to the ﬁgure, exploring the use of multiple lines that have always been a natural outgrowth of my drawings. The boundaries of realistic interpretation began to morph and expand freeing me to create at a new and exciting level. I moved from the inﬂuence of the pure geometric shapes of Islamic art and began using and adapting torn paper as a free hanging collage element as well as incorporating overlapping edges to create motion and mixed media.
Enduring Spirit is based in the concept of unrelenting struggles and the overwhelming pressure to survive. It explores the strength of a past that shaped my present and gave me the wisdom and the courage to prepare a future for those I love. This exhibition holds my life, speaks my truth, and talks of the many battles, and wounds that a lifetime committed to trying to do the right thing for others and my family has etched in my mind and spirit. My mother through her words and deeds, taught her children that one of our primary roles in life is to do the best we could to help others. When my mother taught a lesson, it was for life. Because of her, my spirit endures.
Drawing From The Lifeline —Being fascinated by the human form, I have tried for many years to understand its nature as well as its anatomical makeup. Throughout my career, the human form has been the mechanism that makes it possible for me to speak my truth about my life, beliefs, and the varied and