I am so very excited to check out "Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination" show opening at the Schomburg Center this Thursday. It features imagery from contemporary artists as well as archival materials from the Schomburg Collection, all of which celebrate black speculative and visionary culture:
Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination is sure to satisfy the sci-fi/fantasy nerd in all of us. Curated by artist John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, this exhibition includes artifacts from the Schomburg collections that are connected to Afrofuturism, black speculative imagination and Diasporan cultural production. Offering a fresh perspective on the power of speculative imagination and the struggle for various freedoms of expression in popular culture, Unveiling Visions showcases illustrations and other graphics that highlight those popularly found in science fiction, magical realism and fantasy. Items on display include film posters, comics, t-shirts, magazines, CD covers, playbills, religious literature, and more.
There is also talk with participating artists, James Cornelius Lewis and Manzel Bowman, tomorrow night at 6:30pm which I wish I could attend. And there will be an open house evening of performance and presentations happening on Wednesday, October 7th at 6pm called The Black Fantastic.
The exhibition itself will be up through the end of the year, so be sure to visit and explore these inventive and otherworldly realms.