Black Arts



Curator's Notes:

When I think of the role of art in Black consciousness-raising, I think of the Pan-African, Afrocentric, and cultural nationalist art of the Black Arts Movement. The plays of Amiri Baraka, the poetry of Sonia Sanchez, the music of The Last Poets, and the dances of Dinizulu – all creative forms of expression and experimentation designed to undo the unbearable whiteness of mainstream, dominant art. When I looked through Umi’s archive, I saw that the arts were always a part of her life. In one way, moving from her tutus as a child to her lapas as a college student could be seen as a move from white to Black art – from bobby socks to Black Power. But is that all?

Spring Show
  • Spring Show
  • Jamaica, NY
  • 1955
  • open
Recital
  • Recital
  • Jamaica, NY
  • 1950s
  • open
Piano
  • Piano
  • St. Albans, NY
  • 1962–1964
  • open
The Spacious Firmament on High
  • The Spacious Firmament on High
  • Jamaica, NY
  • January 1965
  • open
Music and Art
  • Music and Art
  •  
  • 1965-1967
  • open
Early African Dance
  • Early African Dance
  • Jamaica, NY
  • July 1965
  • open
The Blacks
  • The Blacks
  • Columbus, OH
  • November 1969
  • open
The Forest of A Thousand Demons
  • The Forest of A Thousand Demons
  • Columbus, OH
  • May 1973
  • open
African Liberation Day
  • African Liberation Day
  • Columbus, OH
  • May 26, 1973
  • open
Uhuru Dancers
  • Uhuru Dancers
  • Columbus, OH
  • May 26, 1973
  • open
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