One local blogger is taking an interesting twist on Black History Month.
Cree Myles is curating Black Like We Never Left, in which she asks Milwaukee women artists of color to reinterpret and celebrate pieces by nationally-known women artists of color who’ve come before them.
The visual arts component of the project is currently up at CannedBeatz Art Space on the city's south side.
"I want to talk about black women who invented masterpieces," says Myles. "When we're talking about humans at their best, it's about them creating art that 'we really don't need,' but we do need."
Myles says that one of the project's goals is visibility. "You're so used to not seeing [black women], that when you see them, you do a double take, even as one. I'm a black woman, and I'm still surprised when I see a black woman in art, which is crazy!"
"As far as representation goes, if you meet a little kid and take them into an art gallery and see this huge oil canvas of someone and they look in they eyes, and they eyes looking back at them are in a body like theirs, they'll feel that..." says Myles.
Beyond the space at Cannedbeatz, Myles is uploading videos of local dancers' interpretations of music by women of color like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone and open letters to women authors of color to her blog throughout the month of February.
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