Themed, Afrofuturism, the exhibition’s well-attended Preview Day and Opening Day/Night complemented by feature films, Open Mic, and live edutainment in Harlem, NY.
AFROFUTURISM, a cultural aesthetic is on the rise. Did Marvel’s Black Panther, the movie create or enhance an embrace of the concept or was it a proverbial “eyeopener” or “eyepopper” for the unaware or those ignorant of “Black OurStory.”
Black Panther movie or not, AFROFUTURISM is a cultural aesthetic that uses science-fiction, technology, history (OurStory), mysticism, intuitive and imaginative creativity, visual and fashion art, to address the African-African-American experience so as to connect those from the Black Diaspora with their Ancestry that has been disregarded, forgotten… erased due to intentional cultural diminishment and/or cultural erasure.
AFROFUTURISM is the stage and the play that plays out the role to deliver the performance that serves to awaken the world to African~African~Americans creativity and technological acumen, competency, prowess and ingenuity in every single area of life and every aspect of humanity on their terms~terms unappropriated and unhomogenized.
As a ubiquitous “incorporation” of the Black Art Movement, AFROFUTURISM is itself a movement, a “self-serving” reclamation of African Diasporic voices and a celebration of Black uniqueness, innovation and power that extinguishes any other versions others endeavor to abscribe to African-African-American people, people of African Descent/Ancestry.
The six-day AFROFUTURISM GROUP ART EXHIBITION Group Art and Fashion event, free and open to the public, recently began with a Friday, six-hour Preview and Gallery Tour and followed with a Saturday, sIx-hour OPENING DAY/NIGHT with light packaged refreshment service, Open Mic and a feature film relevant to the Exhibition’s theme.
The Exhibition of original mixed media artworks created by established and emerging artists serves to voice and emphasize the resilient wave of the Black Art Movement and the Fashion Flites Wearable Art Fashion Show Display, a definitive expression of AFROFUTURISM, will continue to complement the Exhibition with a rotation of wearable art for all genders.
The Exhibition event also “examines” Abraham Lincoln’s perspective on “the troublesome presence” (meaning “enslaved/emancipated African-African Americans” and what should become of them) and salutes, within that perspective and via discourse, the book that illuminates “history’s forgottens,” RIGHTEOUS TROUBLE MAKERS, by Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder of National Action Network.
Remaining EXHIBITION & EVENTS SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, 2/25 from 4-7:00 PM salute Rev. Al Sharpton’s book, RIGHTEOUS TROUBLE MAKERS in OPEN MIC discourse and at 7:00 PM screen documentary film “The Neutral Ground.” SATURDAY, 2/26 from 4-8:30 PM and SUNDAY, 2/27 from 1-8:30 PM: OPEN MIC and book discussion continues. (Attendees are invited to offer, on any of these days, their edutainment within the theme of the Exhibition and/or “righteous trouble makers.”)
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL Jr. STATE OFFICE BUILDING-ART GALLERY Fl.2. NEW YORK, NY 10027
Entry to the Exhibition requires only: Mask, Photo ID, Lobby Security Electronic Scanning, Social distancing in Art Gallery.
The Art Exhibition is curated by IAMAA through NYS Office of General Services and provided through the offices of NYS Assembly Member Hon. Inez E. Dickens and Senate District 30. Special thanks to the Exhibition Artists, Action=reAction Media, Volunteers, Supporters, Co munitions, Whole Foods Harlem, NYC’s Materials for the Arts and NYC Artists Corp.New York, NY