Disrupting the boundaries between sculpture and fashion, Jarrell’s wearable artworks merge Black liberation politics with art and design. In 1969, she made what eventually became one of her best known works: Revolutionary Suit. Constructed of grey tweed, the suit featured a bright yellow suede bandolier (bullet belt), its slots filled with brightly coloured wooden pegs or pastels—ammunition for creation, or for revolution. Jarrell began working professionally on Chicago’s South Side in the early 1960s and is a co-founder of the influential AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), whose works sought to convey the power and pride of Black communities. This installation gathers sculptures, garments, and archival material representing nearly fifty years of radical practice.

Jarrell’s work is co-presented by AGYU and the Toronto Biennial of Art. 

Additional work by Jae Jarrell is on view at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.


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.


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    Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

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