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 Kavi Gupta.


Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
8 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON
M3J 1P3

September 23


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.