Tuesday, August 1, 2017

She has risen: ‘The Black Woman is God’ transcends Western divinity

By Julia Bertolero
SAN FRANCISCO---God is an ever-present image in Western culture — usually as an old, bearded white man resplendent in flowing robes, floating above the clouds in beacon of light. And while everyone has their own individual conceptions of what, and if, God is, it is nearly impossible to escape this Western idealization of divinity. “The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution” shatters it completely. For the second year in a row, this SOMArts exhibit showcases artwork from more than 60 Black women in a traditionally male-dominated arena. "The Black Woman is God” does not simply showcase Black female artists, it celebrates their divinity in the way that patriarchal religions honor the divinity of men. [More]

SOMArts Cultural Center: “The Black Woman is God: Divine Revolution,” 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA; (415) 863-1414; somarts.org