At the Stellenbosch Triennale, an exhibition of art that happens every three years, the current exhibition of work by Pan-Africanist artists re-creates the colonial and apartheid-era city of Stellenbosch in an attempt to see how art can make change and bring healing.
“It’s beautifully audacious,” [the slam poet Adrian “Diff” van Wyk] said. “This place just needs disruption, constant disruption.”
This is a powerful video on what is communicated through images and texts. The focus here is on the media, specifically The New York Times. But there are many parallels one could find here with textbooks, lectures, works of art in museums.
“Rewriting Racist Headlines,” Alexandra Bell, The New Yorker, 5/24/18
This is a fascinating article and series of short videos about how American museums are now collecting work by 20th- and 21st-c. African-American artists.
A quote from the article: “There was a joke for a long time that if you went into a museum, you’d think America had only two black artists — Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden — and even then, you wouldn’t see very much,” said Lowery Stokes Sims, the first African-American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later the president of the Studio Museum in Harlem. “I think there is a sea change finally happening. It’s not happening everywhere, and there’s still a long way to go, but there’s momentum.”