Daughters of the Dust: A Gorgeous Ode to Black Women

Released in 1992, Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by a black woman to have a wide theatrical release. The Theatre at Ace Hotel celebrated the film’s 25th year anniversary by hosting a screening for over a thousand viewers. The screening was followed by an interview between Dash and Ava DuVernay, director of 13th and Selma, and the first black woman to direct an Oscar-nominated film.

Where is Ana Mendieta?

Through the merge of nature with the power of the feminine, Mendieta addressed issues of displacement as an exiled woman of color in Iowa. She is best known for her “earth-body” artwork, specifically her Silueta series in which she hoped to access an “omnipresent female force” through imprinting her naked body in various outdoor environments and sometimes filling her silhouettes with materials such as rocks, flowers, and blood. Due to her controversial death in 1985, Mendieta’s legacy serves as prominent focus and catalyst of the feminist movement.