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Despite what it might sound like, “Postmillen­nial Black Madonna” is not the latest incarnation of a certain pop star. It’s a two-part exhibition, co-curated by Danny Simmons, featuring 23 artists exploring issues of race and religion as they apply to the themes of both “Paradise” and “Inferno.”

The former theme’s exhibit looks beyond the classic definition of the Madonna into how women of color have influenced religion throughout the ages.

“The idea is that were not just focusing on Christiani­ty,” Kimberli Gant, MoCADA’s Director of Education, told GO Brooklyn. “But that there is a dark, strong female goddess in many religions.”

The second part of the show, “Inferno,” is currently up at the Skylight Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Why two parts? After all, Simmons has his own gallery. Gant explained the mystery: “The exhibition, like the Madonna, has a dual personality.”

“Postmillennial Black Madonna” will be at MoCADA (80 Hanson Pl., at South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene) through May 13 and at Skylight Gallery (1368 Fulton St., at Brooklyn Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant) through May 5. For information, visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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