Doll Show

Ends on Saturday 2/8! Dolls Gone Wild: The 33rd Annual Black Doll Show

The William Grant Still Arts Center Presents

Dolls Gone Wild – The 33rd Annual Black Doll Show

December 14-February 8, 2014

Opening Reception: December 14, 3:00-6:00pm


Curated by Dale Guy Madison and Cheryl Williams

Black Dolls Are Going Wild at The William Grant Still Art Center!


For the 33rd annual exhibition of Black Dolls, doll artists and curators Dale Guy Madison and Cheryl Williams have chosen to place handmade and collectable dolls in a virtual rain forest that will transform the galleries into a jungle-like setting for this year’s theme “Dolls Gone Wild.” Dolls that reflect the wilderness – the ocean, the avian bird life, and inspired by animal print in general – will be displayed as you step into the “jungle” of dolls.

The yearly tradition at The  William Grant Still Arts Center will open on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 3-6pm and run until February 8, 2014. The opening will include a live concert by Marcus Miller’s Project World Drum, an animal themed dance performance from the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and a live performance from Dale Guy Madison.To add to the jungle-like setting at the opening on December 14th, get wild and wear some clothing that features animal print!

Black Dolls showcased will include those from the past and present, in both abstract and literal designs, and are primarily hand-made by artists, all reflecting the diversity, subversion, and whimsical feeling of animal prints. Select store-bought Black Dolls will also be featured in the exhibit.

Learn and practice doll-making at three Saturday doll-making workshops on December 21, January 11, and January 18. Doll workshops are designed for all ages, from children to adults.


Opening Reception: Saturday, December 14 – 3:00-6:00pm
Live Music by Marcus Miller Project World Drum and Lula Washington Dancers

Doll Making Workshops: Saturdays December 21, January 11, January 18-  2:00-4:00 pm                          Taught by doll artists and community members Anna Martine Whitehead (12/21), Cynthia Davis (1/11) and Cheryl Williams and Dale Guy Madison (1/18) – Materials Fee May Apply for Workshops


The Black Doll Show at the William Grant Still Arts Center was started in 1980 by the Friends of William Grant Still Arts Center, with artist Cecil Fergerson (1931-2013) as its first curator.  The Black Doll Show at the Center is the longest-running display of Black Dolls in Los Angeles, with collectors and doll artists returning time and time again to offer dolls from their collections that fit with the year’s theme.