Afrofuturism

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Black, Feminist, Spiritual, and Alive: Cauleen Smith’s Give It or Leave It by Jareh Das
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Cauleen Smith tangles the past with figures from African American histories, Afrofuturism, Radical Jazz, and alternative futures.

Daaimah Mubashshir’s The Immeasurable Want of Light by Rachel Valinsky
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Capaurisces (pronounced “kuh-pour-i-ces”)—a combination of a far-flung galaxy made of “99.99 percent dark matter” and an artist colony in New Hampshire—is the unlikely setting for Daaimah Mubashshir’s The Immeasurable Want of Light, a collection of short plays recently published in book form as part of the playwright’s ongoing project Everyday Afroplay. Beginning in 2016, Mubashshir developed a daily writing practice in response to Chris Ofili’s Afro Muses painting series, offering a sustained meditation on Blackness and the Black body.

Futurism, Hashtags, & the Old Wild West by Jeffrey Grunthaner
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Douglas Kearney’s buck studies recasts worn out notions of black masculinity.

Frances Bodomo by Katie Bradshaw
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Frances Bodomo discusses her films Boneshaker and Afronauts, how she found a Zambian desert in New Jersey, and mythologizing “home.”

Cauleen Smith by Leslie Hewitt
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Some images in life and art remain seared in one’s memory because of their sublime effect and power. Such images are found and masterfully constructed in the films of Cauleen Smith. 

Rashid Johnson by Sanford Biggers
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I first met Johnson when we both exhibited in Thelma Golden’s now legendary Freestyle show at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001. We became fast friends over a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in a basement bar in Manhattan.

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