Solange's Cultured Art and Music Conversation Over the Years...
It has been her bold fashion choices, her artistic innovative risk-taking, and an overall unapologetic creative expression from entertainment to art that has extended her musical career into a cultural and artistic global hybrid in entertainment. From her critically acclaimed album, A Seat at the Table, to performing for former President Barack Obama at the White House as well as her performance art shows at the Guggenheim Museum, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and an art installation at London’s Tate Modern Museum, Solange has established herself as a visionary leader amongst the entertainment, fashion and visual art spaces.
Her 2016 critically acclaimed album "A Seat at the Table" honored and empowered Black womanhood in all of its beauty and complexities. Her confident and unapologetic foray into the art and fashion world has defined her artistic persona that is so beautifully different from her iconic megastar sister Beyonce. Most importantly, the 31-year old visual artist and singer-songwriter has used her platform to advocate for mental health, representation, and justice.
On Monday, May 21, 2018, Solange Knowles was honored by the Parsons School of Design in New York City for her global impact as a pioneering figure that has been committed to supporting future generations of designers by creating opportunities for inclusivity in design, entertainment, and fashion. Arriving with fellow eclectic music artists Kelela and Dev Hynes. Solange stunned on the red carpet in an all black sleek and sexy jumpsuit with pepping cutouts designed by Parson's alum and current faculty member Shanel Campbell.
The exciting evening featured special presentations by fellow ground-breaking and renowned music artists Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot, and Pharrell. Powerful newcomer rapper Vince Staples and media personality Lala Anthony kicked off Solange's honoring with an introduction of heartfelt remarks. The Parson's School of Design honoring at its 70th Annual Benefit is the latest accolade in Solange’s notable creative career. This year alone has been an exhilarating tour of recognition as Solange has been awarded a Grammy, the 2017 Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award, Billboard’s Impact Award, and Harvard University’s Artist of the Year Award.
Solange’s latest art project was featured this past Spring in April at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she premiered Metatronia (Metatron’s Cube), 2018, an interdisciplinary video and dance performance art piece. The video visual highlights a new sculpture titled, Metatron’s Cube, 2018, that was conceptualized and created by Solange. This summer the sculpture will be featured at select locations across the United States.
Somehow Solange has kept her artistic passion burning and maturing with constant new projects in various artistic genres over the years, through the challenges of life. She spoke very candidly about being teased and often compared to others throughout her adolescent years that has not been easy for her during her acceptance speech at Parsons. But their is always a special admiration for the complexities in artist development that allowing them to produce mind blowing conscious work that reflects the times and transcends us in to the future. Art is one of those healing expression that unites us all and Solange has a way with the world when she lends her vision. It's been a pleasure watching her unfolding her beautiful multidimensional imagination.