Erica James to speak at the St Louis Art Museum

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Art historian Erica Moiah James will discuss the art of the Caribbean at an upcoming, free lecture at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

James’s lecture is drawn from preliminary research for a new book entitled Historicizing the Global in Caribbean Art and Visual Culture. The book offers a new approach to the concepts of globalization and global culture in the Americas through a series of works created over a 500-year span on the island of Hispaniola.

The lecture – titled Object, Image and the Living Archive: Historicizing the Global in Caribbean Art – begins at 7:00 pm on March 26 in the Art Museum’s Farrell Auditorium. The lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are in-person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix, which charges a service fee of $3 per ticket.

James is an assistant professor of art history and African-American studies at Yale University. Before arriving…

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Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

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3f7ba50b-b666-47dc-8011-c3123400b379-2060x1385Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, reviewed by Lucinda Everett for London’s Telegraph. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

”Beautiful and arresting”–This delightfully varied exhibition displays not only a strong sense of Black-British identity, but a relaxed and rightful sense of belonging.

The first image that greets visitors in this small but powerful exhibition is Armet Francis’s 1964 work, ‘Self-portrait in Mirror’. The young photographer – he was just 19 at the time – stands hunched intently over his camera in a room crowded with the trappings of daily life. Behind him, lounging among the clutter, a young white woman watches him. Francis is both photographer and friend (perhaps lover); talented professional and black teenager in a country still struggling with its racial politics; watcher and watched. It is the perfect opener for an exhibition exploring identity, representation, and how both…

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From Ankh to Akofena – Finding strength in symbols

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There is such a deeper side to life that very few ever encounter.  What makes it even worse is that many who actually encounter this deeper side don’t know how to use it to guide them, or to express their gift to the world, or simply enjoy the world in a fulfilling way.  I have found that the power behind symbols brings a rich focus to my day-to-day journey.  As I look at them, I remember to remember as with the Sankofa Bird, I see the beauty in our queens, as with the Duafe, and on the flip side, I see the symbols that have brought on a sense of hatred and inhumane ideals as with the Nazi use of the swastika and the confederate flag being proudly waved all across the southern states.

The symbols that have represented my stance for some time now are the ever present Ankh, of Kemet…

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Cecile Emeke Isn’t Worried About Hollywood

It is vital that we continue to create, support & promote the multidimensional voices/narratives of the African-Black diaspora throughout the World.

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The work of the Jamaican-British filmmaker Cecile Emeke offers a portal into a world rarely seen on American screens: the everyday experiences and culture of black youths in Europe, rendered with a complexity and depth that is exhilarating to watch. Jenna Wortham interviewed her for this article in The New York Times.

I first came across Emeke’s work by way of a short video series called “Strolling”: simple yet beautifully shot interviews with young women and men about social and political issues. I haven’t been able to stop watching since. The series offers a lush look book of fresh-to-death fashion and riveting discussions around topics like Afrofuturism, colorism and respectability politics — topics that are rarely touched upon in coverage of black youth culture.

On Feb. 8, Emeke released the short film “Ackee & Saltfish,” which follows two best friends as they wander around East London in search…

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