Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire continues the artist’s longstanding interest in representations of women, particularly Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latina women in visual culture and history. In this exhibition, Báez features women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the archives of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, reimagining them in conversation through imaginative portraits that incorporate materials such as reproductions of archival photographs, notes, diaries, letters, and manuscripts. In this gathering, the artist brings together women from different eras and walks of life, including important women of color whose contributions have historically been overlooked or thought of as tangential to their male counterparts.
On display in the Latimer/Edison Gallery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire is an inHarlem project presented by The Studio Museum in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire is organized by Hallie Ringle, Assistant Curator. inHarlem is made possible thanks to Citi; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support for Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council; and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.