BY BTL STAFF
“If you seek the soul of a people, look to its women. For it is at their bosoms that the seeds of love, compassion and courage are first planted and nurtured. Look into their faces and see what was and what will be.” – Jerry Taliaferro, Photographer, Women of a New Tribe Project
The spiritual and physical beauty of 50 African-American women in the Flint community will be on display from Jan. 22-April 15 at the Flint Institute of Arts. The “Women of a New Tribe” exhibition is part of a larger project that has travelled to a number of cities in the U.S. including Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina. Photographic portraits by artist Jerry Taliaferro are done in a style reminiscent of the high glamour photography of 1930s and ’40s Hollywood. The subjects come from all walks and stages of life: they are mothers and daughters, artists, professionals, and community activists. For the exhibition in Flint, the FIA asked the community for nominations in January 2016.
On Jan. 21, the FIA celebrates the opening of “Women of a New Tribe” during the 10th annual Community Gala, which features a conversation with Taliaferro from 6-9:30 p.m. He will discuss the origins of his project and his experience photographing the women of Flint. Following the discussion, view the exhibition, enjoy a reception with live music, a strolling dinner, and a cash bar. Cocktail attire suggested. Tickets are $40 per person for FIA members in advance, $55 at the door. Tickets are $60 per person for non-members, $75 at the door. Proceeds benefit FIA programs and exhibitions. Visit http://www.flintarts.org for more information.