COLORISM: LOOKING OUTSIDE THE
BROWN PAPER BAG
A solo exhibition by Ashley A. Jones
Curated by Tara Fay Coleman
Opening: Saturday, January 19, 6-9pm
Closing: Saturday, February 16, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Sundays 1-4pm, or by Appointment
Colorism: Looking Outside the Brown Paper Bag is a collection of work by artist Ashley A. Jones that explores the complex experience African American women have with the standardized ideas of beauty, while addressing issues surrounding hair, politics, classism, acceptance, and identity. As a subcategory of racism, colorism has encouraged an ideological mode of thinking that places favoritism upon lighter skin tones, straight hair, and other European phenotypic characteristics. The work in this exhibition also shows the role that African American women play in continuing this narrative of discrimination, while asking the viewer to explore and judge for themselves where they stand in this controversial social phenomenon.