Jae Jarrell

Jae Jarrell (born and lives in Cleveland, OH, USA) is known for her fashion design and influential role within the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. She co-founded AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), whose goal was to understand and express the visual principals that define black culture. Jarrell’s ground-breaking wearable artworks interpret the core ideas of the group, ideas that she has developed into abstract, idiosyncratic methods of translating black positivity into fashion objects.


Jae Jarrell at AGYU

Location: Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Jarrell began working professionally on Chicago’s South Side in the early 1960s and is a co-founder of AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). Her works disrupt the boundaries between fashion and sculpture, merging art and design with Black liberation politics. This installation gathers sculptures, garments, and archival material, representing…

Jae Jarrell at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Disrupting the hierarchy between art and fashion, Jarrell’s wearable artworks merge Black liberation politics and art. After producing her debut collection in 1963, Jarrell went on to co-found the influential art collective AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) in 1968. Her best known works include Revolutionary Suit (1969)—a garment…


Artist Talk with Jae Jarrell

Location: Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

Artist and AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) co-founder Jae Jarrell discusses her wearable artworks and sculptures, which embody the future-facing strengths and struggles of Chicago’s vital Black Arts Movement. Image Credit: Jae Jarell, “Dahomey Ensemble,” 1973/2018, suede, appliqued leather, and woven leather, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and…