Saturday, January 11, 2020

Beyond Black Panther, Artists Imagine Alternative Worlds: A Review of "In Their Own Form" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography

NEW CITY ART
By Alisa Swindell
Alexis Peskine, “Aljana Moons – Twins Carriage,” 2015
From the legacy of Octavia Butler’s novels to the music and visual output of Janelle Monáe to the international success of “Black Panther,” Afrofuturism is having a moment in popular culture. Afrofuturism is a term coined by cultural critic Mark Dery for a concept that brings together African mythologies, science fiction, technology and mysticism for an aesthetic and philosophical movement. Curated by Sheridan Tucker Anderson, the curatorial fellow for Diversity in the Arts, “In Their Own Form: Contemporary Photography + Afrofuturism” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography gathers Pan-African photographers working in an Afrofuturist aesthetic. [More]

Museum of Contemporary Photography: “In Their Own Form: Contemporary Photography + Afrofuturism” (Ends July 8, 2020); Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan; 312.663.5554; mocp.org
Paulo Nazareth, “Untitled,” from “For Sale” series, 2011
Alun Be, “Potentiality,” 2017