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:
Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, discusses themes in the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.
Pegasus Warning  merges otherworldly sounds with electronic music and unique soulful beats.
Create an experimental two-part collage inspired by Mutu’s work.
Nigerian-born and up-and-coming art world darling Njideka Akunyili  talks about the materials and process behind her intricately patterned art.
Musician, poet, writer, and actor Saul Williams  blurs the line between poetry and hip-hop.
Presented by Bold As Love magazine, authors Kiini Ibura Salaam and Bridgett M. Davis read from new work. Tayari Jones  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)
REBELLUM’s  hybrid sound borrows from funk, jazz, reggae, heavy metal, classical, and more.