IN COLLABORATION | OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION, INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES & STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
The Shadows Took Shape Programs
Various times & locations
In collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem and their current exhibition, The Shadows Took Shape, these programs examine Afro-futurist aesthetics within the larger social, political, and cultural context of the African Diaspora.
Sanford Biggers & Saul Williams
Thurs, Feb 27, 7 PM
The Studio Museum in Harlem: 144 W 125th St
Poet, performer and musician Saul Williams and artist and faculty member Sanford Biggers explore the sonic, visual and textual in their practices in the context of Afro-futurist aesthetics. This conversation is moderated by curator Rujeko Hockley.
Saul Williams is one of the most celebrated and globally recognized American poets living today. After the release of his internationally acclaimed film, Slam (Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or-1998), which he co-wrote and starred in, he has been the figure-head of the Slam Poetry movement and has been asked to read and perform his poetry in over 30 countries and more than 300 universities in the U.S. alone.
Sanford Biggers, whose work is shown in The Shadows Took Shape, creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.
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The Stuart Hall Project with John Akomfrah
Fri, Feb 28, 6:30 PM
(use main campus entrance 2960 Broadway at 116th St)
The Stuart Hall Project, a film about the father of cultural studies and social theorist, Stuart Hall, is a stunning record of the massive social and political convulsions of post-colonial Britain. Produced entirely from footage of Hall on British television and radio (alongside archival footage, images from his trips to Jamaica, and the music of Miles Davis), the film offers a moving account of exile, racism, hybridity, violence, and radical struggle—all of which has been the experience of New World black and South Asian émigrés since mid-century.
The screening is followed by a discussion with the director John Akomfrah, The Shadows Took Shape co-curator Naima Keith and scholar Rich Blint.
John Akomfrah, OBE, was a co-founder of the important London-based film body, The Black Audio Film Collective, and now helms Smoking Dog Productions. In partnership with long-time collaborator, Lina Gopaul, Akomfrah has received more than thirty international awards and scores of official film festival selections. Akomfrah’s other films include: The March, The Nine Muses, Oil Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster, Handsworth Songs, and Seven Songs for Malcolm X, among others.
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