A Morning Coffee and Conversation with Artist Ila Prouty

A Social Construction by IlaSaHai Prouty closes on September 30. Join us as the artist chronicles the local community’s response to the exhibit and what we can learn from it.

About the exhibit: This exhibition titled, A Social Construction, offers the possibility of reclaiming and redefining the language we use to construct the categories of race.It includes the Paper Bag Test, an interactive installation that invites the public to define and reclaim skin tones and color as associated with race.

This exhibition titled, A Social Construction, offers the possibility of reclaiming and redefining the language we use to construct the categories of race.It includes the Paper Bag Test, an interactive installation that invites the public to define and reclaim skin tones and color as associated with race.

Historically, the paper bag test was said to have been used to separate black people into two categories – those lighter that a paper bag, and those darker. Access to parties and clubs was assigned based on this criteria. The artist remembers thinking, “Which paper bag are we using?” when she first heard about the test.