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9 Jan

Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis | Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts | 11/13/15 – 04/03/16

  Norman Lewis, n. d. Photographer unknown, 7 ⅜" × 8 ¼" The first comprehensive museum overview of Norman Lewis: a pivotal figure in American art, a participant in the Harlem art community, an innovator of Abstract Expressionism, and a politically-conscious activist. Location: Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, PAFA Curator: Ruth Fine in coordination with PAFA Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Robert Cozzolino Date: November 13, 2015 - April 03, 2016 PAFA is offering free museum admission every Sunday for the duration of Procession: The Art...
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17 Dec

John Boyega Braces for Galactic Fame in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

(This is an excerpt from "In New 'Star Wars', Daisy Ridley and John Boyega Brace for Galactic Fame" by Dave Itzkoff, The NY Times) John Boyega Credit: Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times  Do you feel as if people are recognizing you, even before this movie has opened? People have definitely made the connection. They know where this forehead comes from. They see it, and they go, “Hmm, looks like that stormtrooper that’s sweating all the time.” Is it different in the United States than in...
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18 Nov

AFROFUTURISM: IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF BLACK IDENTITY : A Future Tense Event

by New America Thursday, December 03, 2015 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM @ Civic Hall 156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor New York, NY 10010 Map it RSVP   Afrofuturism emphasizes the intersection of black cultures and imagination, liberation, and technology. Rooted in works like those of science fiction author Octavia Butler, avant-garde jazz legend Sun Ra, and George Clinton, Afrofuturism explores concepts of race, space and time and asks the existential question posed by critic Mark Dery: "Can a community whose past has been deliberately erased imagine possible futures?" Will the...
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25 Oct

Margaret Bowland: "Power" solo exhibit opens Thursday Oct 29, 2015 @ Driscoll | Babcock Galleries, NY

I have to admit, I was disappointed when I discovered Brooklyn-based portraitist Margaret Bowland wasn't Black. Like she was a painter's equivalent of Robin Thicke or something. She's had more than her share of controversy (why so much "white face"?) But her work is exquisite, devastating and disturbing; I do believe she paints what moves her. She'll be showing eight new works in her 3rd NY solo show entitled "Power". Here's an excerpt from an interview she did with the Huffington Post in 2014: Have you ever been told that as a white woman...
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25 Oct

"The Rapture" exhibit comes to the old Bronx Borough Courthouse, Nov 12th – Dec 6th 2015

Universal Hip Hop Museum The Rapture, an immersive art exhibit produced by the Universal Hip Hop Museum is a celebration of 4 decades of hip hop culture focused on innovation, freedom of expression, civil rights, unity, community engagement and peace, and will coincide with the start of the Universal Zulu Nation’s 43rd anniversary. Paradise Gray is the chief curator of The Rapture, co-curated by Dr. Tanji Gilliam, Ernie Paniccioli, Fab Five Freddy, Ron Lawrence, MC Sha Rock, Tramp, Jorge Fabel Pabon  Ralph McDaniels and Christie Z Pabon.  It features artwork and collections...
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3 Oct

AFRIPEDIA: 5 short films + live musicians from Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya and Angola showcase an Afrofuturistic film/music/discussion series – 11/14 +15/2015

From Afripedia.com: When Africa is changing, when the world is changing and the perspective is shifting, the image of Africa and Africans needs to change too. Afripedia is promoting and collaborating with a new generation of storytellers leading the way. A source for art, design, videos, photography, fashion, visual arts, music and contemporary culture from the African continent and African creatives working all over the world, Afripedia is a platform and future forum for African creatives worldwide. Five short films and live musicians...
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27 Sep

Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination @ The Schomburg 10/1 – 12/31/2015

Mind Blown by Manzel Bowman Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination is sure to satisfy the sci-fi/fantasy nerd in all of us. Curated by artist John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, this exhibition includes artifacts from the Schomburg collections that are connected to Afrofuturism, black speculative imagination and Diasporan cultural production. Offering a fresh perspective on the power of speculative imagination and the struggle for various freedoms of expression in popular culture, Unveiling Visions showcases illustrations and other graphics that highlight those popularly found...
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19 Sep

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ FIT 9/18–12/5 2015

FIT Special Exhibitions Gallery September 18 – December 5, 2015 Join us at MFIT's fifteenth annual symposium, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch. Share using #FashionUnderground on Twitter and Instagram. Designs by Rachel Auburn, The Blonds, Leigh Bowery, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pam Hogg, Stephen Jones, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, and Zaldy contribute to the approximately 80 looks from the underground fashion impresario’s personal collection of clothing and accessories that will be included in Fashion Underground: The World of...
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25 Aug

Hey New York! Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents 'The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film'

by Tambay A. Obenson Shadow and Act A mighty intriguing and thoughtful program here that New Yorkers should take note of. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will recognize James Baldwin (we celebrated what would've been his 91st birthday earlier this month) with a film series titled "The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film," set for September 11-14. Obviously named after Baldwin's 1976 book-length essay, "The Devil Finds Works," the series is programmed by Rich Blint and Jake Perlin, co-presented with Columbia...
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25 Aug

Lupita Nyong’o to Star in ‘Eclipsed’ at the Public Theater

 by ERIK PIEPENBURG ArtsBeat | NY Times  Lupita Nyong'o | Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie/French Select The Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) will make her New York stage debut this fall in the Public Theater’s production of the war drama “Eclipsed,” written by the Obie Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (“In the Continuum”), the theater announced on Thursday. Set in 2003 near the end of the civil war in Liberia, the play is about a group of women who are captives of rebels fighting the  government. In...
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