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Radical black women take center stage in Albright-Knox show

The voices and creative accomplishments of black women involved in the radical movements of the late 20th century have sometimes been hard to discern in an art world dominated by white men.

To many cultural gatekeepers, something about those voices and the politics they embody has long seemed too dangerous for walls of respectable museums. But at this moment, as the art world strives to correct its historical oversights to reconnect with reality, time has made those voices more acceptable.

Thus we have "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85," an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. According to the exhibition description, this is "the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color – distinct from the primarily white, middle-class mainstream feminist movement."

The Albright-Knox version of the show has been organized by the gallery's curatorial fellow Andrea Alvarez and curatorial assistant Jasmine Magaña. Artist Dindga McCannon will give a talk about her work in the show at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 16.

"We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85": opens at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and runs through May 27. Admission is $6 to $12. Call 882-8700 or visit

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