Black to the Future: Afrofuturism & Black Sci-Fi

Artwork made by Dylan Smith

Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu’s 2013-2014 Brooklyn Museum exhibit, “A Fantastic Journey” embodied several tenets of Black futurity. In fact, the placard for Mutu’s A'gave you (2008) described  Afrofuturism as, "an aesthetic that uses the imaginative strategies of science fiction to envision alternate realities for Africa and people of African descent." Using this quote as an entrypoint, we will analyze afrofuturism’s roots, trends and MVP’s.  This Olio will explore the works of seminal afrofuturist novelists Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor and Tananarive Due, examine select movie clips and musical selections from the likes of Sun Ra, George Clinton,  Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, and peruse the art of Renee Cox, Wangechi Mutu and Kara Walker. A resource list will be provided.

During this Olio free jazz musician Daniel Carter will be 'tuning into the vibrations of the atmosphere and mood of the evening' on his saxophone.




Location: Cafe Erzulie

894 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Situated behind an airy, bustling flower shop, Cafe Erzulie's aqua walls and abundant potted plants bring to mind tropical climates, making it easy to forget the clatter of the JMZ train above the cafe's Broadway Avenue location.




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