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Charles Philippe Jean Pierre: The Feminist

Every Sat. and Sun. from Nov. 19-Dec. 4
12-5 p.m.
Daily from Nov. 22-23
12-7 p.m.
Daily from Nov. 29-30
12-5 p.m.
Dec. 2
7-11 p.m.
Free
Art, Galleries

What does it mean to be a male feminist? How is feminism represented in art, and who gets to represent it? Where do women of color fit into the feminist space? These are questions contemplated by Haitian-American artist Charles Philippe Jean Pierre in “The Feminist.” Prompted by the death of Sandra Bland and informed by feminist texts, interviews with friends and family, and a personal exploration of what masculinity and femininity mean, Jean Pierre has created a collection of abstract mixed-media paintings and sound installations that examine the intersection of feminism and black male culture in America. The muted, integrated brushstrokes, texture, and color evoke femininity and softness, and titles that reflect feminist concepts represent a departure from the Washington D.C.-based artist’s bolder, graffiti-centric style of the past. “The Feminist” marks the debut of Public Functionary’s new curator, Jovan C. Speller, who says that the exhibition has “a conversation for everybody, whether you’re interested in feminist thought, racial equality, literature, or sociology.” The opening reception runs from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, November 18; an artist’s talk and panel discussion will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 19.