Summer Book Club: LaToya Hobbs: Woodcuts + Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha
Thursday, June 22, 7 pm
Participate in an intimate discussion connecting art and literature facilitated by AAM Director Sarah Jesse and Shore Lit’s Kerry Folan. By pairing exhibitions with books that engage similar themes, we’ll discover the links between the disciplines and examine how artists and writers use their respective languages to communicate ideas. Conversations will take place in the galleries and are capped at 20 participants. Books will be available in the AAM shop.
Artist LaToya Hobbs uses figuration to depict the Black female body and explore themes of family, beauty, cultural identity, and sisterhood. The only novel by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha (1953) is a lyrical coming- of-age story about a young Black girl set in 1940s Chicago. Though separated by decades, both artists investigate Black domestic spaces to reveal a rich and rarely acknowledged interiority.