”…the map of the new world is in the imagination…” —Robin D.G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: Black Radical Imagination
Blackbox: An Afrofuturist Opus, was an exhibition on view at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Student Union Galleries from April 28th-May 17th, 2017. As a discursive platform and group exhibition in three acts, Blackbox explored and made visible the multidimensional ways that artists are engaging with strategies of Afrofuturism. Participating artists contributed works across medium, constructing a landscape that evokes the sonic, visual, and literary expressions of Afrofuturism. The opening reception occurred in conjunction with The Black Experience in the LeRoy Neiman Center.
Photos: RJ Eldridge
D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem
Viktor le. Givens
Photos: Grace Kromah
Opening night of Blackbox featuring a performance by the Participatory Music Coalition
In an effort to move beyond the walls of the white cube, Blackbox began with a series of workshops for participating artists and administrators surrounding what it means to draw from strategies of Afrofuturism, and how those approaches have elucidated pathways to liberation. Workshop sessions commenced with guided meditations, led by Kay Hubbard of Serenity Squad, that aided in activating alternate states of consciousness as a means to facilitate conversations and propel the imagination. Conversations were moderated by RJ Eldridge, Courtney Cintron, and Sabrina Greig.