Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles-Lawson will have a new art exhibit at their WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center.
The couple recently announced that “WITNESS” — an art exhibit featuring the work of Black women and femme-identifying image makers in partnership with GOOD MIRRORS and Black Women Photographers — will open to the public on April 1 at 6 p.m. and run through May 27.
WITNESS features work from 14 Los Angeles-based Black femme-identifying artists who share “their vision of the world, society, community, and themselves through their art. The exhibit explores the intersectional vantage point of the Black woman artist — inviting the viewer to bear witness to what they may not otherwise see on their own.”
Artists in the exhibit include Alexis Hunley, Amber J. Phillips, Amber Evangelista, April Bey, Cara Elise Taylor, Dana Davenport, Dee Williams, Deun Ivory, Elise Peterson, House of Aama, Liam Woods, Sade Ndya, Sophia Nahli Allison and Stephanie Mei-Ling.
The eight-week exhibit will host special events, including artist talks and community workshops.
“WITNESS is making room for Black women and artists to be seen and features amazing work. We want our community to support these artists and see the world through their eyes,” Tina Knowles Lawson said in a statement to Blavity.
“We’re witnessing history unfold in real-time with the rise of Black Women Photographers and Black femme visual artists taking up space boldly in their respective fields,” Polly Irungu, founder of Black Women Photographers, said. “This exhibition is a love letter to the past, present and future of Black women artists, showing us their world through their powerful gaze. The intentionality behind each selected artist and art shown here will attest to that. I’m grateful — and the world will soon be grateful — to witness.”
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Reservations are required, and information is available at wacotheatercenter.com.