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 You don't have to be Queen Bey to make a cultural mark in SOMArts' new show.

Transmission, by Nicole Dixon.

 

Following on the six-inch heels of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, an album that doubled as a love letter to black women, SOMArts presents The Black Woman Is God, a new show opening July 7, that features works from more than 60 African American women. Among those included are mixed-media artist Nicole Dixon, members of the House of Malico art collective, and rapper Queens D. Light. Cocurator Karen Seneferu says this isn’t simply an African diaspora showcase. It’s a way of confronting indifference. “The black woman is the most devalued presence in the world,” she says. “She’s not valued for her beauty or her contributions in and outside of her community. Art is a way to show that black women are creators.”

The show runs from July 7 to Aug. 17 at SOMArts.

 

Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco

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