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December 15, 2018
1:00 pm
Aggregate Space Gallery


An Installation of Discrimination and Oral History by Alicia McDaniel

16 November - 22 December 2018

The Brown Paper Bag test, established in the early 1900s, was used to segregate People of Color in the United States until the 1970s. If someone’s skin color was lighter than the paper bag, they were admitted into white spaces. When People of Color are born with lighter complexions, a frequent occurrence, they access certain privileges associated with “passing” as white. Artist Alicia McDaniel’s grandmother attempted to pass herself off as white by rejecting her Latino/Indigenous identity, customs, language and bleaching her skin daily.

“Imposter” references how McDaniel felt within her own communities as a white passing Person of Color and is a nod to the Imposter Syndrome where she has felt that her accomplishments were achieved because of her appearance/skin color. This emanative exhibition originates within McDaniel’s and her family's’ different experiences with racial profiling, skin privilege, and assimilation. She utilizes materials that reference systematic forms of oppression such as the Brown Paper Bag Test as a point of departure for contemporary instances of colorism and racism that still exist.

Opening Reception

16 November 6-10pm

First Friday Event

7 December 5-8pm

Second Saturday Artists Talk

8 December 11 am

Gallery Hours

Fridays and Saturdays 1-5pm

and by appointment 

Aggregate Space Gallery

801 West Grand Avenue

Entrance on West Street

Oakland, CA 94607


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Aggregate Space is a warehouse and has a similar temperature to the outside; please dress accordingly.

Aggregate Space Gallery programs are generously supported by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Creative Work Fund (Walter & Elise Haas Fund and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Clorox Foundation, Awesome Foundation, and ArtNow International.

Image courtesy of  Alicia McDaniel

Aggregate Space Gallery

801 W Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94607, United States

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