The Days of Future Past: Afrofuturism and Black Memory

The Days of Future Past: Afrofuturism and Black Memory

David Huffman, “MLK” (all images courtesy Studio Museum in Harlem)

 

“When you walk into the main gallery of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s current exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, which explores contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics, one of the first pieces to catch the eye is a glittering procession of black astronauts fanned across a faded landscape. They appear awed and estranged by their surroundings, carrying a wooden coffin along their wide-eyed way. Having cleared a ravine, above them stands a figure on a rock cliff, his hands outspread to the sky, like Moses parting the red sea for the chosen people. As you take in David Huffman’s aptly titled “MLK,” you dare to dream, have these marooned spacemen finally reached the promised land?”

via The Days of Future Past: Afrofuturism and Black Memory.

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