Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez, Mississippi

Simone Leigh, Cupboard, SF MOMA

“Leigh, who names Black women and femmes as her audience, invests her work in what she sees as “a tradition of thinking about the status of women by associating the body with the idea of a dwelling, refuge, container, tool, even a loophole of retreat.””

Simone Leigh was born 27 years after this slowly-whitening restaurant was built, and nowhere near. Her artistic intent, as I understand it, seems entirely the opposite to the intent of the architect, as I understand that.