Depicting Black Childhood: An Artist’s Journey

Below are the works of Doris Derby, who chronicled the civil rights movement of the 1960s, often focusing on women and children, and teen artists Fanta Diop and Dashara McDaniel, who photographed people. Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the Bronx and Chicago, respectively.

Looking at the work of the youngest artists on the show, Roberts is struck by what remains unchanged for Black girls – including the need to continue fighting for their rights – but also at times. , what happened. She stopped short of pairing that was particularly effective: A 1990 photo of Carrie Mae Weems, in which a young girl carefully mimics her mother’s lipstick movements in the mirror, and “Makeup Time.” , a selfie video made by Seneca Steplight-Tillet, the curator’s niece, on her eighth birthday.

Roberts said: ‘Look at how this young lady put on makeup and posed for the camera. “You can sense that she accepts her own beauty and is able to convey it, thanks to the new technology. It’s the same message as the Weems photo, but it’s told through a different lens.”

After a day of contemplating the creativity of Black girls and women, I asked Roberts what she aspired to be in the kids growing up today. “I want the same thing for Black girls that white girls get,” she said. “It feels innocent and cheerful and playful, silly and immature and unpunished for it, knowing that their hair grows toward God and that is both beautiful and challenging. I want Black girls to know, just because they appear strong doesn’t mean they can’t be hurt. I want Black girls to be treated like children, not adults.”

Black Doll

From February 25 to June 5, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400;

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Through July 2, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ, Depicting Black Childhood: An Artist’s Journey

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