Artwork of the Week: September 13

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Mary Sibande (South African, born 1982), Rubber Soul, Monument of Aspiration, cast resin, fiberglass, cotton, tulle, and rubber, 2011. 101 ½ x 57 x 64 ½ in. Gallery 18

Mary Sibande (South African, born 1982), Rubber Soul, Monument of Aspiration, cast resin, fiberglass, cotton, tulle, and rubber, 2011. 101 ½ x 57 x 64 ½ in. Gallery 18

Mary Sibande lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her art, she often explores the identity of black women in postcolonial South African society. Here her alter-ego Sophie, a domestic maid that makes her final appearance in this particular work, defies gender stereotypes by wearing rubber-soled shoes and khaki fabric typically worn by male members of the Zion Christian Church. Further, she is shown “jumping,” a church ritual only performed by men. New to the collection, come see this arresting sculpture while it is temporarily on view in Gallery 18.


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