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 exhibition is intended to create dialogue around the ideas of liberty, private property and government policies that affect individual choices.
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.
There is no record of individual women affected by the law. However, there are women whose lives illustrated the characteristics of beauty, intelligence, and mobility while living in New Orleans during the 18th century.
Contemporary photography and approximately 30 headwraps will be included in this exhibit to explore creativity and rebellion through form, color, and texture.
For more information on Chesley Antoinette, please visit her website