The House of Lois K. Alexander-Lane
In this specially commissioned new media work, inter disciplinary artist Dianne Smith remixes archival material related to the Harlem Institute of Fashion (HIF), including footage shot by Kerwin DeVonish, and music produced by her. Dianne was a model for HIF between the years 1985 to 1989. This is her visual love letter to the organization.
Go Tell It On The Mountain by Dianne Smith
It’s week five of “Unbought & Unbossed: Reclaiming Our Vote,” a digital micro-commission series of seven Black women artists creating what being “Unbought & Unbossed” means to them. Released every Wednesday through October 28, these multidisciplinary works will generate community awareness around the national election on November 3, 2020, uplift the legacy of Shirley Chisholm and her peers, and support the current conversation around the power of the vote from the perspective of Black women. About the Series: After its critically acclaimed partnership with Park Avenue Armory for 100 YEARS | 100 WOMEN, National Black Theatre continues to uplift and focus on voter rights and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a curated digital series called, “Unbought & Unbossed: Reclaiming Our Vote.” Grounded in the dynamic legacy of Shirley Chisholm, this digital series features micro-commissions from Ngozi Anyanwu, Hope Boykin, Mahogany L. Browne, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty, and Dianne Smith.
Re: Harlem by Artist Dianne Smith
Artist Dianne Smith juxtaposes images of Harlem from the Schomburg Center archives with photographs she took of the neighborhood’s performative street scene over the past 20 years. The result is a video remix, graphic mash-up, motion picture collage fusion blurring the lines between the past, future, and now of Harlem’s landscape, culture, and people.
Dianne Smith: Alla My Stuff
Dianne Smith's work, Alla My Stuff, is one of the videos showcased in her exhibit STUFF, now on view at the Milstein Center at Barnard College. The exhibit is Smith's multidisciplinary creation based on the work and legacy of Black feminist and playwright Ntozake Shange '70. In Alla My Stuff, Smith recites the words of one of Shange's celebrated scenes in her choreopoem, "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf." To view Dianne Smith's work please visit her website: https://www.diannesmithart.com/ Note: The exhibit and Barnard's coverage was produced in accordance with safety practices and protocol during COVID-19.