The William Grant Still Arts Center Presents 37th Annual Black Doll Show: Jubilee, Celebrations in Color

For its 37th Annual Black Doll Show the William Grant Still Arts Center will be focusing on gatherings, coming together and events to remember through doll artistry and displays. 

DEC17dolls4Showcasing Black life as a celebration of events that are monumental and small, ordinary, and extraordinary, events that depict Black life in all its facets, as well as to explore “cultural image” as depicted through the beauty and diversity of dolls.
“Jubilee, Celebrations in Color”, further seeks to reshape the dialogue on Black life and identity as portrayed in mainstream American media and in dominant narratives. The exhibition creates a counter narrative through highlighting how the Black community sees itself as portrayed in the traditional rites of passage and cultural events. The exhibition includes hand painted murals by Patrick Johnson and AISEBOURNE.

About the Black Doll Show:

The Black Doll Show at The William Grant Still Arts Center was started in 1980 by the Friends of William Grant Still Arts Center, with artist Cecil Fergerson as its first curator. Inspired by the “Black Doll Test” conducted in the 1940s by pioneering psychologists Mamie and Kenneth Clark that concluded that many African-American children preferred playing with white dolls over black dolls, 

The Black Doll Show at the Center is the longest-running display of black dolls in Los Angeles. Collectors and doll artists return time and time again to offer dolls from their collections that fit with the year’ theme. At its root, it is a time for community to come together to celebrate the collections and contributions each individual has made to doll making and collecting over the years.

Learn and practice doll making at three Saturday doll making workshops on December 16, January 6, and February 3 from 2-4pm. The exhibition will also offer a curatorial walk through with curator Stephanie Moore


-  Exhibition Dates: December 9, 2017-February 17, 2018

-  Opening Reception: Saturday, December 9, 3-6 pm

-  Drum procession leading into the galleries, followed by live music By Marcus Miller Freedom Jazz Ensemble

-  Dollmaking Workshops: Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. December 16, January 6, February 3 – All Ages Workshops, Details to be announced

*materials fee may apply for some workshops.

Curatorial Walk Through: January 20, 2018 2 p.m.

Center Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5:00 p.m.

Cost of Admission: Free


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