Conversation: Afrofuturism and the Urgency of (Re)Imagination

Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Art | 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis
Free event

A discussion of museums and colonialism, Afrofuturism and (r)evolution, curated by Sun Yung Shin and featuring Beverly Cottman, Senah Yeboah-Sampong, Erin Sharkey, and Chaun Webster.

The Marvel film Black Panther has brought the ethics and aesthetics of Afrofuturism to a broader and more global audience than ever. Its museum scene indicts historically-white collecting institutions for their part in colonialism and ongoing plunder of pan-African peoples’ wealth, which includes collective memory, while participating in the criminalizing of the Black body in white spaces. The artists on this panel will share their thinking on the critique made by the film and how their own artistic and community work engages prophetic questions of resistance and r/evolution. Co-presented by the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this is a conversation curated and moderated by Sun Yung Shin, featuring Beverly Cottman, Senah Yeboah-Sampong, Erin Sharkey, and Chaun Webster.

This event is part of The M Off-Site series of programs happening throughout the Twin Cities, while the M is closed for construction of its new facility.

 Special thanks to M Trustee James Rustad for his contribution to the program. This activity is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.