For those of you in the NYC area who want to experience the #NewBlackImagination, I’m going to suggest you hang out at Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, December 7.  There you’ll get a taste of what’s new and next in global, forward-looking black culture.  Everything from literature, to music, film and visual art.  In fact, it’s all linked to one of the current shows on exhibit, a mid-career survey of the work of Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu (something else worth seeing while you’re there.  Here’s a review of the show via Bold As Love Magazine.)

It’s a crazy good lineup, one that provides further examples beyond the ones I noted in my slide deck, The Rise of a Black Alternative.

First, let’s connect the dots above:


So, Saturday’s schedule looks like this:

Curator Talk
6 p.m.
Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, discusses themes in the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.

6 p.m.
Dreams Are Colder Than Death (co-directed by Arthur Jafa [7] and Kahlil Joseph [6], 2013, 52 min.) A film exploring what it means to be black in twenty-first-century America.

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Pegasus Warning [5] merges otherworldly sounds with electronic music and unique soulful beats.

Hands-On Art
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Create an experimental two-part collage inspired by Mutu’s work.

Artist Talk
7 p.m.
Nigerian-born and up-and-coming art world darling Njideka Akunyili [3] talks about the materials and process behind her intricately patterned art.

Spoken Word
8–9 p.m.
Musician, poet, writer, and actor Saul Williams [2] blurs the line between poetry and hip-hop.

Book Club
8:30 p.m.
Presented by Bold As Love magazine, authors Kiini Ibura Salaam and Bridgett M. Davis read from new work. Tayari Jones [4] leads a discussion about how their writing relates to Mutu’s art. (Full disclosure: Davis is both my wife and books editor for Bold As Love Magazine)

8:30–10 p.m.
REBELLUM’s [1] hybrid sound borrows from funk, jazz, reggae, heavy metal, classical, and more.

Full information on Target First Saturdays is here.

Posted by Rob Fields

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