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Exhibit — Tignon — Chesley Antoinette
February 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020Free
Artist Reception Saturday February 15th 6-8pm
Artist Talk Sunday February 16th 2-4pm
Please join the Georgetown Art Center for this groundbreaking art exhibition featuring the work of artist, Chesley Antoinette.
Tignon (pronounced teyôN) is a French word that can mean cloth or handkerchief and is used to reference the headwraps of Creole women.
The Tignon Law was an edict of good government dictated by the Spanish government during the late 18th century in New Orleans, Louisiana that forced women of African descendant to wear the tignon when in public. The focus was particularly on the free women of color with the intention to oppress their beauty, intelligence, and mobility.
Contemporary photography, headwraps, and historical documentation present a story that will provide an insight to women’s lives in the 18th century and explore their creativity and rebellion through form, color, and texture.
For more information on Chesley Antoinette, please visit her website