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African American Arts

Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity

Sharrell D. Luckett (editor) Carrie Mae Weems (Foreword by)
Sharrell D. Luckett (Contributions by)
Carmen Gillespie (Contributions by)
Rikki Byrd (Contributions by)
Amber Lauren Johnson (Contributions by)
Doria E. Charlson (Contributions by)

ISBN: 9781684481521

Publication Date: Dec 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

These essays reflect on national and transnational legacies of African American activism as an element of artistic practice, particularly as they concern artistic expression and race relations, and the intersections of creative processes with economic, sociological, and psychological inequalities.
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Signaling such recent activist and aesthetic concepts in the work of Kara Walker, Childish Gambino, BLM, Janelle Monáe, and Kendrick Lamar, and marking the exit of the Obama Administration and the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this anthology explores the role of African American arts in shaping the future, and further informing new directions we might take in honoring and protecting the success of African Americans in the U.S. The essays in African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity engage readers in critical conversations by activists, scholars, and artists reflecting on national and transnational legacies of African American activism as an element of artistic practice, particularly as they concern artistic expression and race relations, and the intersections of creative processes with economic, sociological, and psychological inequalities. Scholars from the fields of communication, theater, queer studies, media studies, performance studies, dance, visual arts, and fashion design, to name a few, collectively ask: What are the connections between African American arts, the work of social justice, and creative processes? If we conceive the arts as critical to the legacy of Black activism in the United States, how can we use that construct to inform our understanding of the complicated intersections of African American activism and aesthetics? How might we as scholars and creative thinkers further employ the arts to envision and shape a verdant society?

Contributors: Carrie Mae Weems, Carmen Gillespie, Rikki Byrd, Amber Lauren Johnson, Doria E. Charlson, Florencia V. Cornet, Daniel McNeil, Lucy Caplan, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Sammantha McCalla, Nettrice R. Gaskins, Abby Dobson, J. Michael Kinsey, Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, Julie B. Johnson, Sharrell D. Luckett, Jasmine Eileen Coles, Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Rickerby Hinds.
Illustrations 15 colour images, 1 black & white
Pages 344
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2019
Publisher Bucknell University Press
Series The Griot Project Book Series
Subject/s Media studies   Philosophy: aesthetics   Art treatments & subjects   Popular culture   Theatre studies   History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -   Art styles not defined by date   Black & Asian studies   Ethnic studies  
Sharrell D. Luckett is director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and an assistant professor of drama and performance studies at the University of Cincinnati. She is the founding director of the Black Acting Methods Studio, a training program in performance theory and practice.

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