Monday, June 22, 2015

The Spirit Of Dolls With Doll Artist Tanya Montegut - June 27, 2015 Harlem, NY

Film screening of Why Do You Have Black Dolls? 

by Samantha Knowles

followed by

The Spirit Of Dolls:  A conversation 
with Doll Artist Tanya Montegut

Saturday, June 27, 2015
12 pm to 2 pm

Countee Cullen Library
104 West 136th Street
Between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
Harlem, New York

Since 2009 self-taught NY Doll Artist Tanya Montegut has participated in over 40 juried shows including The American Craft Show at The Jacob Javits Center in NY where she was spotlighted as a 'Trendsetter' and 'One Of The Most Talented Artisans' for her use of recycled materials. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council office of member Inez E. Dickens.

Additional support provided by Countee Cullen Library - New York Public Library.

Montegut is featured in the film, Why Do You Have Black Dolls?, the official trailer of which can be viewed below:




  1. Fantastic, thank you so much for sharing this trailer with us. I wish I could get there and watch this movie.
    Watching its trailer gave me such and nice and happy feeling. It has confronted me with the fact that there is nothing wrong with me and that there has never been anything wrong with me for loving my black dolls and for enjoying giving some to people around me. There is nothing wrong with loving dolls that look like me.
    Take care,

    1. You're welcome, Thammie!

      I could have confirmed for you that there is nothing wrong with desiring to see yourself in the dolls you collect. I am happy you now realize there are others who share your sentiment. Everyone needs to see themselves in a positive light. Human beauty comes in all colors. If this is ever realized and accepted as fact and not questioned by those who want to deny it, the world will be a much better place.

      Early on in my collecting, I was asked by another collector who was not African American or of African descent, "Do you "only" collect black dolls?" I answered with a question, "Do you "only" collect white dolls?"

      Don't question my choice of collecting if you aren't prepared for me to throw the question right back at you.


  2. Great trailer that really pulls you in. Will this film travel to libraries only or do you know if it will be released on Youtube?

  3. No, I do not believe "Why Do You Have Black Dolls?" will ever be available to view in its entirety on YouTube. Their website has a purchase link for libraries and organizations to apply for purchase of one-time screening packages for special events.

    I would love to,own a personal copy.


  4. Wow, this is so close to home, but I am unable to attend.


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