I created “19th Century Stereotypes vs. 19th Century Reality” to plant seeds and serve as an example that African Americans (and all people of color in the United States) walk in intelligence, creativity and, humanity. Given the current disinformation and outright lies concerning people of color (and their allies) who actively demonstrate for social justice, 19th Century Stereotypes vs. 19th Century Reality is presented here to expose, as well as, to remind the viewer of America’s racist history regarding people of color. As reflected in the historical images here, African Americans continue to have to battle with and resist hateful ideas based in ignorance and/or bias regarding where our ‘place’ is supposed to be in this society.
As an art historian, curator, and freelance writer Jonette O'Kelley Miller believes the arts have the power to provoke change and communion. She focuses on modern, contemporary, and African Diasporan art. Her research addresses the impact of historical, racist stereotypes on people of color.
Her latest curatorial project: 'Cause We Be Complicated: Dialogues of Black Artists has been extended! Opening and Reception: March 25, 4:30 - 7:30 pm at the Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY. STAY TUNED!