As Always, Third Friday at 78th Street Studios Offers an Abundance of Art-Viewing Opportunities

Work by Rachael Tweed

Fri 2/16 @ 5-9PM

There are always shows opening and closing at 78th Street Studios Third Fridays. For a full listing of what’s on tap this month, go here.

This month you will want to make the trip up to the top of the building to the PopEye Gallery in the Survival Kit space for a last look at BEAU●TY: Works by Amber N. Ford, Rachael Tweed and Justin Woody. The show described as “an exploration of gender, race and identity by challenging the representation of beauty within our society amidst the stereotypes of gendered racism through portrayals of men and women of color through advertising, fashion, film, TV and other forms of pop-culture.”

It takes its inspiration from the “Black Is Beautiful” movement of the 1960s, reflected in the work of three young African-American artists based in Cleveland, two of them graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Art and one self-taught.

Photographer Amber Ford is known for her insightful portraiture, exploring issues of race, culture and identity. Justin Woody, a painting major at CIA who also works with fiber, photography and printmaking, is interested in engaging hair-weaving techniques in fiber art and relating those to cultural identity as well as creating photographic portraits referencing African masks. And the self-taught Rachael Tweed uses cut paper, ink and acrylic to create collage portraits of female figures, primarily women of color, with an emphasis on body positivity, as well as plant life.

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