Thursday, July 24

The Shadows Took Shape

Cyrus Kabiru. African Guitar (from the C-Stunners series), 2012
"One part a literary subgenre of sci-fi, pioneered by the likes of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler, and one part cross-cultural, interdisciplinary aesthetic movement, Afrofuturism — a term coined by cultural critic Mark Dery in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future— can be tricky to describe. The Studio Museum in Harlem’s current exhibition, The Shadows Took Shape includes a diverse range of 29 artists, featuring painting, sculpture, photography and video, all comfortably drawn under Afrofuturism’s spacious umbrella. Drawing on Afrocentric imagery, cultural references, experiences and concerns, Afrofuturism as articulated in The Shadows Took Shape seems as much a cross-cultural political statement on historiography as it is about conceptualizing the future."
He Who Controls the Past: Highlights from “The Shadows Took Shape” at the Studio Museum
Open Culture: Sun Ra’s Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, “The Black Man in the Cosmos” (Video)
NY Times: Going Beyond Blackness, Into the Starry Skies
'The Shadows Took Shape' Tackles Race In Past, Present And Sci-Fi Future
amazon: The Shadows Took Shape (Lost Reel 3) - Sun Ra