Endgame: Black Artists on an Urgent Black Future

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Endgame: Black Artists on an Urgent Black Future

January 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Enjoy the final moments of Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living and join guest facilitators Anaïs Duplan, Yolanda Wisher, James Sprang, and Amber Rose Johnson for Endgame: Black Artists on an Urgent Black Future. Presented in collaboration with Center for Afrofuturist Studies at Public Space One, this Saturday program invites participants to work with award-winning poets and artists to collectively generate strategies for catalyzing the immediate and radical futures of marginalized peoples in the current pressurized climate of the United States. Inspired by Jacolby Satterwhite’s current solo exhibition, Room For Living—and borrowing visual and textual form from Friendship Albums made by 19th-century African American activists in antebellum Philadelphia—participants will gather for conversation, exchange, and a hands-on workshop to explore strategies for dialogue and documentation in the course of making their own Friendship Albums.

Participants will begin with a guided tour of Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living, followed by a visit to the studio’s “Room for Error,” a gathering space created for the purpose of the workshop. Here, participants will generate their own Friendship Album pages inspired by writing prompts, conversation, images, and exchange. FWM staff will teach participants how to screenprint their own Friendship Album covers in FWM’s 6th floor print studio, followed by a guided tutorial of the bookbinding process. Each participant will leave with their own hand-printed, bound, collaborative Friendship Album to mark this moment in time and pass on to future generations.

Organized in collaboration with FWM, the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, and Public Space One on the occasion of the FWM exhibition, Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living, Philadelphia poets and artists will work together to produce this experimental public program led by An Duplan. Working across mediums, the artists will generate strategies for catalyzing immediate and radical futures of marginalized peoples in the current pressurized climate of the United States. How can artists of color ensure their own ‘room for living’? Artists will meet during two planning sessions, sited at local partner organizations, in September and November 2019. The culminating program will occur in January 2020.

About An Duplan

An Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays on black art and creativity, Blackspace (Black Ocean, 2019), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). His writing has been published by Hyperallergic, PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, and the Bettering Amercian Poetry anthology.

About The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS)

CAS is an initiative to re-imagine new futures for marginalized peoples by generating safe work spaces for artists of color. Curated by An duplan, the CAS hosts visiting artists and artists-in-residence and produces lectures, workshops, public forums, and exhibitions on the intersections of race, technology, and the diaspora.

About Public Space One (PS1)

PS1 was founded in 2002 and is a multidisciplinary, experimental space for the Iowa City community to present and experience creative work. PS1 is an artist-led, community-driven, contemporary art center that provides an independent, innovative, diverse, and inclusive space for making and presenting art. They produce unique programs that stretch boundaries, present diverse perspectives, provide resources for artists and cultural educational opportunities, and advocate for the importance of art in everyday life for any and everyone.

There are two other events coinciding with the end of Satterwhite’s exhibition:

Making Space: Conversation with Jacolby Satterwhite – January 16, 7-8 pm

Endgame: Conversation – Extended gallery hours and artist talk – January 17, 6-8 pm


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