Portrait d’un Negress

  • November 15, 2019| 6:30 pm and November 17, 2019 |1:30 pm
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
    2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
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  • Tickets: SOLD OUT

Threads Dance Project has created a work inspired by depictions of Black women seen throughout the history of art, such as Marie Benoist’s painting Portrait d’un Negress, which hangs in the Louvre. Choreographed by Threads Artistic Director Karen Charles, the work will address the issues of race and sex depicted in works of art, and how they manifest themselves in society both past and present. This work will be premiered to Mia’s audiences in a special site-specific performance held in the museum’s galleries.
The performance will be preceded by a conversation about works in Mia’s collection led by docent Jean Ann Durades, and followed by a post-performance discussion and Q&A.


“…I was left gasping for breath and on the verge of tears…” -Ira Booker, MINNESOTA PLAYLIST

Funding for this Project


Threads Dance Project recognizes support for Portrait d’un Negress from The McKnight Foundation, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, and RBC Wealth Management.

Funding for Portrait d’un Negress is in part from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.