Join us for yet another Curator's Tour of WOLE SOYINKA:Antiquities Across Times and Place. Awam Amkpa, Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will provide a special tour of the current exhibition at the Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art. Awam is offering one tour in November and another in December. Free and open to the public! Registration required.
Join us for a special tour of the Cooper Gallery's Fall 2017 exhibition, Wole Soyinka: Antiquities Across Times and Place. This tour will be led by the curator of the exhibition, Awam Amkpa, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Associate Professor. Read more about Awam Amkpa here.
Please join us on the final day of our exhibition, Harlem: Found Ways! We celebrate this summer exhibition, curated by Vera Ingrid Grant, with an all-day open house. We will feature two guided tours, light refreshments, the below film screening and general merriment. Stop by for a visit or stay the day!
The Day's Schedule:
11:30 am - Screening of film "Chapter & Verse" by the Harlem Film Company. Read more about the film here.
1 pm - Free Guided Tour, no registration required
3 pm - Free Guided Tour, no registration required
Refreshments all day!
Please join us for the second installment of our new series, Late Nite Thursdays. Late Nite Thursdays are after-hours talks on the perspectives and practices of African & African-American Art. Our featured artist is Felicia Megginson. For more information about Felicia Megginson, please visit her website: https://www.feliciamegginson.com/
13 min. Spanish; English Subtitles
Directed by Marcel Beltrán
La Habana, ciudad maravilla, tiene su raíces en el espíritu de quienes la habitan. La patria que se absorbe desde su seno y se revela. Una visión utópica, inspirada en La Habana y sus símbolos, desde el tratamiento y degradación del celuloide.
Havana, a marvelous city, has its roots in the spirit of those who inhabit it. The homeland that is absorbed from its bosom and is revealed. A utopian vision, inspired by Havana and its symbols, from the treatment and degradation of celluloid.
18 min. Spanish; English subtitles.
Directed by Amílcar O. Cárdenas
'Contra las Cuerdas' endeavors to show the virtually unknown work of activi ists, community leaders, teachers, professionals, writers and artists in the fight to combat discrimination and racism. These groups and individuals are creating their own spaces, with their own alternative initiatives, contrary to persisting institutional resistance. From this eclectic perspective, this documentary seeks to help us understand the magnitude and complexities of the racial problem in contemporary Cuban society.
'Contra las Cuerdas' se esfuerza por mostrar el trabajo virtualmente desconocido de activistas, líderes comunitarios, profesores profesionales, escritores y artistas en la lucha contra la discriminación y el racismo. Estos grupos e individuos están creando sus propios espacios, con sus propias iniciativas alternativas, contrarias a la resistencia institucional persistente. Desde esta perspectiva ecléctica, este documental pretende ayudarnos a comprender la magnitud y complejidad del problema racial en la sociedad cubanacontemporánea.”
1 hr 21 min. English/Spanish
Directed by Robin J. Hayes
This award-winning documentary follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, band together and adventure to the enigmatic Caribbean island of Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Their journey through the streets of of Havana and Santiago reveals enthralling scenes of Cuban life including hip hop performances, block parties, and candid spontaneous encounters with Afro-Cuban youth. As they film their experience, the travelers discover connections between Cuban and American perspectives on human rights, race, and revolution.
Este galardonado documental sigue a estudiantes callejeros de la Ivy League que son marginados de su universidad de élite, se unen y aventuran a la enigmática isla caribeña de Cuba, cuya población es del 60% negra. Su recorrido por las calles de La Habana y Santiago revela escenas apasionantes de la vida cubana incluyendo actuaciones de hip hop, fiestas de barrio y encuentros espontáneos con jóvenes afrocubanos. A medida que filman su experiencia, los viajeros descubren conexiones entre las perspectivas cubana y americana sobre los derechos humanos, la raza y la revolución.
1 hr 26 min. English/Spanish.
Directed/produced by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
Unfinished Spaces is a 2011 documentary film about the revolutionary design of the National Art Schools in Cuba. The film tells the dramatic story of the art schools from their founding by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to their eventual abandonment and fall into ruin and recent efforts to restore them.
Unfinished Spaces es un documental de 2011 sobre el diseño revolucionario de las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte en Cuba. La película narra la dramática historia de las escuelas de arte desde su fundación por Fidel Castro y Che Guevara hasta su eventual abandono, caída en la ruina y los esfuerzos recientes para restaurarlos.
Join us for a special Curator's Tour of the Cooper Gallery, for the current exhibition: Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present. The Curator of this exhibition is Alejandro de la Fuente, Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Read more about Professor de la Fuente here.
Please register to attend this tour here.
27 min. Spanish; English subtitles.
Directed by Ernesto Sánchez Valdés
The tradition in Cuba of homage to José Martí with busts and statues dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Today, many of his busts are produced in plastic through a complex industrial process. This initiative is part of the effort to keep his legacy and thought alive. But beyond achieving that objective, this action makes Martí an object, inserted in a society that sees it as something so routine that it becomes invisible.
La tradición cubana de homenajear a José Martí con bustos y estatuas data de principios del siglo XX. Hoy, muchos de sus bustos se fabrican con plástico a partir de un complejo proceso industrial. Esta iniciativa forma parte del empeño en mantener vivos su legado y su pensamiento. Pero más allá de lograr este objetivo, convierte a Martí en un objeto, insertado en una sociedad que lo ve como algo tan cotidiano que se torna invisible.
28 min. Spanish; English subtitles
Directed and produced by Juana-María Cordones-Cook
A documentary about prominent multimedia artist Juan Roberto Diago, who works with discarded materials. Diago understands the creative possibilities of recycling and bricolage; he has labeled himself a “maroon artist,” his artwork a form of “cultural resistance.” In this documentary, Diago openly discusses issues of race and poverty in contemporary Cuba, as well as their representation in his paintings and installations.
Un documental sobre el destacado artista multimedia Juan Roberto Diago, que trabaja con materiales reciclados. Diago comprende las posibilidades creativas de reciclaje y bricolaje; Se ha denominado "artista marrón", su obra de arte es una forma de "resistencia cultural". En este documental, Diago abiertamente discute temas de raza y pobreza en la Cuba contemporánea, así como su representación en sus pinturas e instalaciones.
Artist Juan Roberto Diago will be in conversation with curator and founding Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Alejandro de la Fuente, about his retrospective exhibition currently on view at the Cooper Gallery. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our Spring 2017 Exhibition, Diago: The Pasts of this Afro-Cuban Present!
Boston-based artist, Dell M. Hamilton, responds to our Carrie Mae Weems exhibition with an intriguing in-gallery performance, engaged with the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, race, language and history.
Blues/Blank/Black incorporates key texts from two of Toni Morrison’s most well known and widely taught novels: The Bluest Eye and Beloved. In addition the performance also conjures figures from American fairytales (goldilocks, Brer Rabbit) and Latin American (La Sucia & La Llorona) folkloric traditions. Blues/Blank/Black also juxtaposes these elements with the invocation of some of the names of black women who have died as a result of police violence. Through gesture, color and repetition, Blues\Blank\Black interrogates trauma and its afterlives as a way of accounting for intergenerational memory, madness, haunting and erasure.
Very limited entry:
This is a live performance (~ 25/30 min) that moves through the gallery.
Followed by a reception.
A Talk by Carrie Mae Weems
In conjunction with our exhibition, CARRIE MAE WEEMS: I once knew a girl... on view at the Cooper Gallery through January 7th, 2017, please join us for a presentation by Carrie Mae Weems at the Brattle Theater. Limited Seating, Tickets Required.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Sundays at the Cooper Gallery:
A series of talks on the practice and process of African American Art
Featured guest, Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Art Department at Wellesley College, in conversation with curator Vera Ingrid Grant on the strategies of artist Carrie Mae Weems
Please join us September 19th, 2016 at 6 pm for our Opening Reception! Featuring our newest exhibition for Fall 2016, Carrie Mae Weems: I once knew a girl...
“It’s a fantastic film that really lays
bare a very powerful interaction of art and jazz”
This short-form documentary by RoundO Films follows the development and culmination of Looks of a Lot, a collaborative multimedia work by jazz pianist/composer/performer Jason Moran, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Collaborators with Moran include the Bandwagon (featuring drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen), visual artist Theaster Gates, reedist Ken Vandermark, musician Katie Ernst, and the Kenwood Academy High School Jazz Band.
2014, DCP, 61 Minutes. Courtesy of Luhring Augustine and RoundO films.
The screening will be followed by a discussion between the film's Executive Producer Radiclani Clytus and the audience moderated by the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery's Director, Vera Grant.
This is our FINAL event as part of our installation, Art of Jazz: FORM/PERFORMANCE/NOTES, so please join us afterwards for our closing reception!
Read more at Luhring Augustine about our event + Jason Moran's upcoming solo show!
2 hours 41 mins
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Eastwood produces and directs Bird, a film burnished with the magic of that 1946 concert encounter between legend and future legend and honored with an Academy Award for Best Sound in its spellbinding recreation of a man and his music. Like jazz itself, Bird rings with counterpoints and embellishments. Past and future overlap as the film explores Yardbird's soaring skill and destructive excesses. Charles “Bird” Parker was one of the great fountainheads of jazz, a creator of bebop whose improvisations and joyful discoveries on the saxophone created a sound that is absolutely distinctive. He stood as a bridge between the swing era and the cool, modern jazz of the 1950s, and even as his career collapsed into disarray, his influence continued to grow. At the end, Bird was denied a cabaret license because of his drug use, and couldn’t even play in Birdland, the famous club named after him. But wherever and whenever he did play, other musicians gathered, because he taught them what they were working for. - Roger Ebert
Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
1 hour 30 mins
Directed By: Charlotte Zwerin
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser highlights the life of one of the most extraordinary individuals in the history of jazz. Using precious film footage shot in the late 1930s of the great pianist and composer, this film provides a special opportunity to savor the work of this one-of-a-kind musical revolutionary. This exemplary documentary about seminal jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk reaps the benefits of multiple blessings, including the skilled editorial hand of director Charlotte Zwerin and the patronage of executive producer (and erstwhile jazz pianist) Clint Eastwood. Most vital is the use of extensive 1968 footage, shot by Michael and Christian Blackwood, documenting the sometimes moody, sometimes puckish Monk in the studio, on tour, and off stage, which on its own would make this essential jazz viewing. “The film’s late-60’s portions, which document a European tour and also catch Monk playing in clubs and in recording sessions, are some of the most valuable jazz sequences ever shot,” writes Stephen Holden of the New York Times.
Conceptual artist Lina Viktor discusses her career as a painter, sculptor, performance artist and photographer with Vera Ingrid Grant, director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art. Viktor creates bold images composed of blue, black, white and 24-carat gold patterns. Her striking painting, Arcadia, is featured in the Gallery’s current exhibition “Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes,” which explores the intersection of jazz music and the visual arts. Arcadia’s blue hue inspired the Gallery’s wall color for “Art of Jazz.” Viktor has exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, London, Milan and Lagos, Nigeria.
The conversation is part of Sunday Afternoons at the Cooper Gallery, a series of talks on perspectives and practices in African and African American Art.
2 hours 18 mins
Directed By: Bertrand Tavernier
Jazz great Dexter Gordon plays a brilliant, self-destructive, African American musician who moves to Paris in the 1950s to find an audience more appreciative of his art--and more accepting of his race. There a young, female fan bonds with the talented musician, but even her affection may not be enough to save him from alcoholism, drug addiction and depression in this deeply human drama probing the price a great artist must pay for his gift. Round Midnight is a 1986 American-French musical drama film directed by Bertrand Tavernier and written by Tavernier
and David Rayfiel. It stars Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet and Herbie
Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter appear in cameos. The protagonist jazzman, "Dale Turner", was based on a composite of real-life jazz legends Lester Young (tenor sax) and Bud Powell (piano). While the film is fictionalized, it is drawn directly from the memoir/biography Dance of the
Infidels written by French author Francis Paudras, who had befriended Powell during his Paris expatriate days and on whom the character "Francis" is based. The film is a wistful and tragic portrait that captures the Paris jazz scene of the1950s.