b. 1935, Cleveland, Ohio Lives and works in Cleveland, OH
Jae Jarrell(b. 1935), née Elaine Annette Johnson, is and American artist and fashion designer, and a cofounder of AfriCOBRA. Jae was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, in a family steeped in fashion knowledge. Her grandfather was a professional tailor, and her uncle was a haberdasher, selling the notions needed for sewing. Jae and her mother would frequent vintage clothing stores together and admire the way the outfits were made. Jae taught herself how to make her own clothing, and reveled in the fact that her fashion was unique, and had a secret, vintage past.
AfriCOBRA’s goal was to understand and express the visual principals that defined black culture. As an artist adept at fashion design, Jae created groundbreaking wearable artworks that interpreted the core ideas of the group. She also expanded on those ideas, developing abstract, idiosyncratic methods of translating black positivity into fashion objects.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, The Broad, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming)
AfriCOBRA/Farafindugu, Afro-American Historic & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Afri-COBRA III, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
Afri-COBRA III, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Afri-COBRA II, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Afri-COBRA II, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Afri-COBRA II, Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL
Afri-COBRA II, Hati Gallery, Rochester, NY
Afri-COBRA II, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Afri-COBRA II, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Afri-COBRA II, Langston Hughes Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY
Afri-COBRA I, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Afri-COBRA I, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Afri-COBRA I, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Roxbury, MA
Afri-COBRA I, Black Expo, Chicago, IL
The New York Times , 11.08.2018
50 Years Later, Chicago Artists Are Getting Their Due
Chicago — “Stop the murder of brothers and sisters.” “Liberate our nation.” “Unite.” The exhortations, on the vibrantly colored canvas of Gerald Williams’s “Messages,” couldn’t be more timely. Yet it is nearly 50 years old, …
Chicago Sun Times, 09.14.2018
‘Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side’ sheds light on overlooked art, design
With an ambitious, variegated series of exhibitions, publications, and programs, Art Design Chicago has dominated the city’s 2018 visual-arts scene.
Spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, it is designed to spotlight aspects of the …