Our exhibition is an opportunity for audiences and patrons to access and engage with our collections, exhibits, and programmatic offerings in a one night only interactive exhibition filled with art, film, panel discussions, and performances.
Under the theme “CultureVulture2016”, our purpose is to scrutinize the normality of the appropriation and commodification of Black bodies by pop culture for historical, social, political, and artistic use and entertainment. The exhibition examines the current yet (re)evolving redefining of black beauty in all of its aesthetic, physical and historical aspects.
We envision to activate reflection, questioning, understanding and even action by highlighting the various ways, often insidious, that people of the African Diaspora, are often vilified and negated for what is innate and natural to various cultures and race while those same characteristics once appropriated by another race and culture are glorified and commodified.
We will also look at the impact of the slave experience on the self reflection and self evaluation of and by black people and what propels them to assume Eurocentric standards of beauty and sexuality. The mutual appropriation of of racial culture blends, merges, contradicts and affirms, thereby defining how we present ourselves and who we claim ourselves to be.