"Négritude" Exhibition

Exit Art

poster for "Négritude" Exhibition

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'Négritude,' an experimental multi-disciplinary exhibition at Exit Art, explores the visionary 20th century political and artistic movement of the same name — coined by the Martinican poet, playwright, and politician Aimé Césaire in the 1930s — which flourished among Black intellectuals in post-World War I Paris and later spread to Africa, the United States and the Caribbean. This exhibition seeks to define 'Négritude' as an “archipelago”, with many “islands”, or perspectives. 'Négritude' is an idea that developed in distinct ways in different countries due, in part, to language, culture, and the political climate. Exit Art— to reflect this diversity and to offer varying perspectives— invited four other individuals to organize this project in collaboration. 'Négritude includes different “islands” created and produced by five individuals (Papo Colo, Tânia Cypriano, Rose Myriam Réjouis, Franklin Sirmans, Greg Tate) who are curators, cultural critics, scholars, filmmakers and artists, representing African-American, African, Caribbean and South American cultures. Over the course of several months, these individuals met to share their ideas and develop their “islands.” Each person was asked to produce their “island” of 'Négritude' by presenting an exhibition of visual art; film screenings; music; performances; and/or public activities that detail their own experience, interest, or study of 'Négritude.'

[Image: Mario Cravo Neto "Laróyè 048 (boy with rooster)" (1997) Cibachrome print]



from May 20, 2009 to July 25, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-05-20 from 19:00 to 22:00

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