If I wasn’t so lazy I’d def try to make it to the opening tonight!
Négritude, an experimental multi-disciplinary exhibition at Exit Art, explores the visionary 20th century political and artistic movement of the same name — coined by the Martinican poet, playwright, and politician Aimé Césaire in the 1930s — which flourished among Black intellectuals in post-World War I Paris and later spread to Africa, the United States and the Caribbean. . .Showcasing several generations of African-American, Caribbean, South American and African artists, performers and writers, Négritude features work that examines the history, impact, and transmutations of this cultural movement. It looks beyond the historical Négritude movement to investigate also the emergence of the Harlem Renaissance and Modernism in the 1920s and 30s and contemporary responses to the concept of “blackness, highlighting the post-Civil Rights generation of black artists who have new perspectives on racial identity and politics.
This definitely looks like something I’ll be into. From reading the Press Release alone I’m seeing that there’s some stuff I have to read/research. The exhibit brings into discussion the different perspectives that can be used to define Negritude. Five curators came together to produce an “island” of thought through visual art.
May 20th – July 25th 2009