Jae Jarrell, Ebony Family, circa 1968. Velvet dress with velvet collage, 38 1/2 x 38 x 1/2 inches (97.8 x 96.5 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 2012.80.15. Photo by Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum. © Jae Jarrell
Cultural critic and historian Tanisha C. Ford unpacks how women employed fashion to express black pride in the civil rights era. This interactive program will center on a two-piece garment designed by Chicago-based artist Jae Jarrell titled Urban Wall Suit, (1969). Ford is an associate professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has appeared on CBS News to comment on popular cultural phenomena, including Childish Gambino’s music video for “This Is America.” Her latest book is Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul.