That a survey like this is the first of its kind is indicative of the continued marginalization of women of color in the art world, which remains overwhelmingly white, male, and middle-class. Curated by Lisa Farrington, a senior faculty member in Parsons's Critical Studies department, "Creating Their Own Image" is loosely organized around four chronological themes: "Conceptualism," "Feminism and Black Power," "Abstract Expressions," and "Post-Black or Postmodern Pluralism." While many viewers may already be familiar with the works on view, the exhibition's real appeal lies in the opportunity to see them side by side, in juxtapositions that yield fresh, and sometimes surprising, comparisons. While similarly evoking social constructions of race, Kara Walker's infamous silhouette cutouts of antebellum blacks, for example, seem oddly didactic among the more nuanced work of her predecessors, particularly Adrian Piper, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lorna Simpson. Still, in her sly appropriation of an Americana art form, Walker's incendiary use of nostalgia and stereotype packs a uniquely... More >>>