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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

"Watch Me Work — Portraits of Self"

By Sydney G. James

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In Watch Me Work — Portraits of Self, Detroit artist Sydney G. James brings to the forefront and celebrates the work of Black women. The USPS worker, the artist, the event-planning Zoom mom—the paintings in this exhibition reposition the narrative of black women’s visibility and value. Each portrait honors the individual and collective contributions and labors of Black women, persistent through the pandemics, through police violence, and whether seen or unseen.

With the Gallery closed to the public due to COVID, Watch Me Work will be completely visible from the street. Artwork will be hung in the Washington and Thayer-street first floor windows of the Institute for the Humanities, with two additional pieces visible through the gallery window on Thayer in a public celebration of these meaningful human relationships and connections.

This exhibition was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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