Relaxing might not seem like a radical act, but it is for Black women, according to the curators of “Resting Our Eyes,” a new exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Francisco. Pulling together artists from a variety of mediums, the exhibit celebrates how Black women find liberation through rest, leisure, and adornment. Photographs, video, and mixed media works create a visual vocabulary for how Black women have used these forms of self-expression to combat oppression for generations. We’ll talk with the curators as well as contributing artists about the art in the exhibition and why rest is not a luxury, but a necessity. What does rest mean to you?
The Radical Act of Leisure Celebrated in “Resting Our Eyes” Art Exhibit
Co-curators Tahirah Rasheed and Autumn Breon (Left: Bryan McDaniels, Right: Da'Shaunae Marisa)
Tahirah Rasheed, artist and co-curator, "Resting Our Eyes;" founder, “Fresh Made Productions”; co-founder, “See Black Womxn”
Autumn Breon, artist and co-curator, "Resting Our Eyes"
Leila Weefur, writer; curator; featured artist, "Resting Our Eyes"; lecturer, Stanford's Department of Art and Art History.
Traci Bartlow, featured artist, "Resting Our Eyes"; entrepreneur; dancer and hip-hop dance scholar; 90's hip-hop photojournalist; Oakland native