Jae Jarrell

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b. 1935, Cleveland, Ohio
Lives and works in Cleveland, OH

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.

Exhibition History

How to Remain Human, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

 

2014

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2013

AFRICOBRA: Philosophy, Logan Center Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact, The DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL

1977

AfriCOBRA/Farafindugu, Afro-American Historic & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1973

Afri-COBRA III, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

Afri-COBRA III, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

1972

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

1971

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

 

1970

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

 

 

 

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