John Steffl Gallery | May 24-September 6, 2021
Chesley Antoinette, "San Luis La Nuit & Gota," Photography: Inkjet print on cotton paper with archival pigment, 2018, 34"X44"
The Duluth Art Institute is proud to present Chesley Antoinette’s Tignon in the John Steffl Gallery, Spring 2021. Antoinette’s exhibition debuted on DAI’s Smartify venue with a tour of her headwraps and photographs. She presented a history of the Tignon law during DAI’s virtual gala, followed by her Heart of the Headwrap workshop. Now, see Tignon and experience the power of Antoinette’s art in person. Tignon presents a collection of sculpted head wraps alongside large-scale contemporary photographs and essays that provide historical content—visual and written—into the Tignon Law. In an attempt to oppress the beauty, intelligence, and mobility of free women of color, the late-18th century-Spanish government of Louisiana enacted a law forcing women of African descent to cover their hair. This oppression led to rebellious self-expression as women of color donned exquisite head pieces with colorful and textured fabrics, wrapping ribbons, feathers, and a variety of objects in their folds.
The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible in part through the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2018.