Fun and Games: The 42nd Annual Black Doll Show
December 17, 2022 – February 18, 2023
In-Person opening reception: Saturday, December 17, 3 – 6 PM
The William Grant Still Arts Center is proud to announce the longest running annual exhibition in Los Angeles, “Fun and Games – The 42nd Annual Black Doll Show”. Our first in person exhibition after two years online, this exhibition is an exploration of ancestral games and how play can help us think deeper and archive histories. This year we are looking for dolls, quilts, games and images/videos that fit our theme of historic games. Ethnographic studies in Africa allow us a peek into how games are part of social negotiations within various African cultures and Afro-Creole societies in the Americas. The investigation of games and social play indicates three main concepts in anthropological and archaeological theory: identity, agency, and power. In examining, through dolls, the history and culture of gaming in the Black diaspora, we seek to highlight the ways that the oppressed have established in-group power dynamics and identity through games and play.
This year, we include our new acquisitions, a collection of vintage and rare dolls donated by Sandra Campbell.
Dr. Cynthia Davis
Heather Hilliard Bonds
Kimberly Wilfong Sigman
Experience flavor and treats from across the African Diaspora in a night market curated by Black Women Vedors. Local Black women-owned food businesses bring you cuisine from Jamaica, Ethiopia, and Belize, to name a few. You can also enjoy savory soul food from the heart of Louisiana or try Philly-inspired vegan street food creations. For the encore, quench your thirst with hand-crafted juices and satisfy a sweet tooth with mouth-watering desserts and ice cream.
Don’t know what to do for dinner on a busy Wednesday evening? All this and more at the Leimert Park Night Market Powered by Black Women Vendors. Pull up to enjoy great food & music.
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