Film Screening and Exhibition of Curated Works by Alumna LaQuinda Grimes

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University’s Visual Arts Program proudly presents the screening of “Brains, Beauty and Blackness: An Introduction to HBCU Danceline Culture, History and Style.” The film by alumna, LaQuinda Grimes, will be screened on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Fine Arts Building Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. An artist talk will be held after the screening, with a closing reception and light refreshments to follow. The corresponding exhibition, “The Black Sequins Project: A Sparkling Chronicle of HBCU Danceline Culture, History and Style,” will be on display in the Fine Arts Building Gallery through Nov. 1. All events are free and open to the public.


Grimes’ film highlights SC State’s Champagne Dancers, while the exhibition includes archival photographs and vintage uniforms of dance-lines, breathing life into the film. Her research is the first of its kind and aims to celebrate and center the women, legacies and sisterhoods that have been forged by the HBCU danceline genre and movement. This project also aims to cement and preserve HBCU danceline as an intangible cultural heritage of black women in the United States.


Grimes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from SC State University and a Master of Arts degree in ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She is also a National Geographic Young Explorer.


The exhibition is available for viewing in the FAB Gallery during regular building hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.


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