6:00pm – 8:00pm
22 May 2018
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035
RSVP here. Admission is FREE. Suggested donation is $5.
In the spirit of John Berger and Bell Hooks, former Washington Post journalist and current Howard University professor Natalie Hopkinson meditates on art as protest and the role of beauty in politically perilous times in A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance. Ms. Hopkinson will be in conversation with curator, scholar, and professor Grace Ali about her newly released book. Books will be available for purchase.
As a former Washington Post critic, Hopkinson spent twenty years writing about gentrification in the nation’s capitol, and now takes her sharp eye to the role of art and beauty in perilous times. In A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED, Hopkinson examines politically bold art generated in response to white supremacy, brutality, and oppression as she recounts the art and acts of painter Bernadette Persaud, poet Ruel Johnson, historian Walter Rodney, novelist John Berger, and the provocative African American artist Kara Walker in the milieu of Guyana’s emerging democracy (where Hopkinson’s family immigrated from). Her inquiry charts a jagged course through the Caribbean as she draws on the social histories of sugar and British colonialism to reflect on how art play vital roles in changing people and places, be it on Facebook or in the streets.
Join us Tuesday, May 22 for an interactive conversation centered on Caribbean diaspora, art, and resistance!
Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. We require participants to arrive 15 minutes before the session. 5 minutes prior activity, any unclaimed tickets are released to walk-up and standby participants.
Above text and image adapted from webpage.