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The Schomburg’s annual Fall Open House is an opportunity to sample some of the exciting programs taking place at the Schomburg – from guided tours and talks, to performances and live music. The evening will include light refreshments and wine bar by Melba’s. Enjoy tours, extended hours in our galleries, and explore two new exhibitions including, i found god in myself: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF NTOZAKE SHANGE’S for colored girls…

i found god in myself is a multimedia and multigallery exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

Since its debut performance in 1974 just outside Berkeley, California, at a bar named the Bacchanal, Shange’s work has captivated, provoked, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the world. On display at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are 20 specially commissioned pieces in honor of the individual poems and archival material that traces the journey of Shange’s text from that bar in California to its critically acclaimed run on Broadway.

The multigallery exhibition extends beyond the walls of the Schomburg to include additional noncommissioned artworks on display at two satellite locations, The Sol Studio and La Maison d’Art. These multimedia works portray women at the life stages of youth, adulthood, and late adulthood. Thereby each work gives tangible life-form to Shange’s words and women’s contemporary experiences with issues such as class, body image, gender identity, immigration, politics, war, love, sexuality, racial identity, sisterhood, and ultimately self-love.

i found god in myself is curated and organized by, Souleo of Souleo Enterprises, LLC.


Michael Paul Britto
Melissa Calderón
Pamela Council
Renee Cox
Uday K. Dhar
Beata Drozd
Laura R. Gadson
Kathleen Granados
Swati Khurana
Kimberly Mayhorn
Chompunutt Mayta
Beau McCall
Io Palmer

Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Amber Robles-Gordon
Arlene Rush
Rafia Santana
Dianne Smith
Alexandria Smith
Margaret Rose Vendryes

*Image Credit: J.A. for


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