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VISIONARY APONTE: Art & Black Freedom

Art Exhibition & Event Series
September 19th, 2018
11:00 AM

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VISIONARY APONTE: Art & Black Freedom

 

Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom takes as its point of departure an extraordinary — and now lost — historical artifact: a “Book of Paintings” created by José Antonio Aponte.

Aponte was a free black carpenter, artist, and former soldier who was also the leader of an ambitious antislavery movement in Cuba during the Age of Revolution. During his trial, Aponte was forced to provide testimony describing each of the pictures in his book, which portrayed a wide array of subjects, from Biblical scenes to landscapes to episodes in the history of Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Using those descriptions, contemporary artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, video, mixed media, and textile have reimagined Aponte’s book for our present and future.

 

Learn more at aponte.dukefsp.org

 


 

Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom is a nine-week art exhibit and accompanying series of conversations, screenings, performances, residencies, and workshops at Duke University organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. The exhibit is curated by Édouard Duval-Carrié and Ada Ferrer and is based on a digital humanities project called Digital Aponte. The accompanying events have been made possible with support from the following campus and community partners: the Center for Documentary Studies, the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts — Duke Arts, Arts of the Moving Image, Screen/Society, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke Dance Program, and Afro+ProjectionLAB.

 


 

Schedule of Events

 

FILM SCREENING

Screening: Afro-Futurism

Public screening of three short films in anticipation of the opening of the Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery. Films include Invocation for José Antonio Aponte: Lámina 26, directed by Nina Angela Mercer and Toshi Sakai (2017), 8 minutes; Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary, directed by Jenn Nkiru (2017), 11 minutes; and The Last Angel of History, directed by John Akomfrah (1996), 45 minutes.

SEP 12 // 7 PM // FULL FRAME THEATER

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with Screen/Society at Full Frame Theater.

 

EXHIBIT OPENING

Exhibit Opening Night

The opening reception for the Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery will include an Afro-Cuban-inspired dance in the exhibit space at approximately 6 pm. Featuring Yanique Hume of UWI Barbados, Duke University's Andrea Woods Valdés, and UNC's Maya Berry. Light refreshments served.

SEP 19 // 6 PM - 9 PM // POWER PLANT GALLERY

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with the Duke University Dance Program and Calabasa Calabasa: Dancing and Making the Music of Life.

 

GALLERY TALK

Lunchtime Artist Tour

Lunchtime tour of the art and informal discussion with Visionary Aponte artists José Bedia, Nina Angela Mercer, Marielle Plaisir, and Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, as well as co-curators Ada Ferrer and Édouard Duval-Carrié with Laurent Dubois. Light lunch served.

SEP 20 // 12 PM - 1:30 PM // POWER PLANT GALLERY

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

FSP@PPG: Incarceration and the Future of Black Freedom

Lunchtime panel discussion with local artists, activists, and scholars. Panelists include Omisade Burney-Scott, Lynden Harris, Duke Law's Theresa Newman, and Tarish Pipkins. Light lunch served.

OCT 04 // 12 PM - 1:15 PM // POWER PLANT GALLERY

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

 

ARTIST TALK

Gallery Talk with Renée Stout

Public reception and gallery talk with Visionary Aponte artist Renée Stout. Talk begins at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

OCT 19 // 5 PM - 8 PM // POWER PLANT GALLERY

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts.

 

FILM SCREENING

Aural Futures: Screen/Society

Public screening of The Model: Oshun and the Dream, Chapter 1 & 2, directed by Kahlil Joseph (2010), 7:57 minutes each; You and I and You, directed by Terence Nance (2015), 7:51 minutes; and Dirty Computer, directed by Janelle Monáe, Andrew Donoho, and Chuck Lightning (2018), 48:37 minutes.

OCT 25 // 7 PM // FULL FRAME THEATER

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with Arts of the Moving Image, Screen/Society, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

Aural Futures and Afrofuturism

Panel discussion with Durham activist, scholar, and entrepreneur Pierce Freelon and artist, activist, and Afrofuturist Ingrid LaFleur. Light lunch served.

OCT 26 // 12 PM - 1:15 PM // FORUM FOR SCHOLARS AND PUBLICS

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with Arts of the Moving Image, Screen/Society, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.

 

FILM SCREENING

Aural Futures: Screen/Society

Special presentation of a work-in-progress: God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines, directed by Kristian R. Hill (2016), 78 minutes. Followed by a 20-minute Q&A with artist, activist, and Afrofuturist Ingrid LaFleur.

OCT 26 // 7 PM // FULL FRAME THEATER

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with Arts of the Moving Image, Screen/Society, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.

 

FILM SCREENING

Screening with Afro+ProjectionLAB

Local film curator Vonnie Quest creates a thematic program titled, "Reclamation of Being." Next door, the Power Plant Gallery will remain open until 8 pm for Third Friday Durham.

NOV 16 // 5 - 8 PM // FULL FRAME THEATER

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics in collaboration with Afro+ProjectionLAB.

 

EXHIBIT CLOSE

Final Day of the Exhibit

Saturday, November 17, 2018, is the final day to catch the Visionary Aponte exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery.

NOV 17 // OPEN 11 AM - 6 PM // POWER PLANT GALLERY

Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.