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100 Women We Love: Kimberly Mayhorn
by Kat Long, Jacqueline Frances and Andrew Collins
June 14, 2013

Kimberly Mayhorn had a dream. In 1997, she awoke from a very lucid dream about Mary Turner, a 19-year-old African-American victim of lynching in Valdosta, Georgia. "I couldn’t get her out of my head, nor stop feeling her presence," she said. The incident inspired Mayhorn to create the art installation, "A Woman was Lynched the Other Day…," which launched her art career. Since then, the Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary artist has been shown at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, The University Museum at Texas Southern University, and the African American Museum in Dallas. Using sculpture, theater, dance, sound, film and video, Mayhorn creates large-scale installations that explore themes on socio-political issues and the human experience. Her most recent work, “The Manufacturing of Race,” examines classic and contemporary understanding of issues around race, identity and environment in the United States. It's no wonder Essence magazine named her one of their "30 Women to Watch," and the Whitney Museum of American Art selected her as an Independent Study Fellow. -DN


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