May 17 – July 27, 2013
This very special exhibition opens at the Tubman museum on May 17, 2013. The unabbreviated title of the exhibition is Riffing on the Real II: Back to the Afro-Future. This title references a very popular exhibition on the same subject that the Museum mounted in 2011.
The subject of both exhibitions is the concept of Afro-futurism. This term refers to the exploration of a range of ideas and themes available in traditional and contemporary black cultures, melded with concepts and motifs commonly found in the various forms of fantastic fiction, including science fiction, horror, alternative history, utopian/dystopian fiction and magic realism.
Afro-futurism in the visual arts opens cultures of the past and present up for re-consideration, and re-imagines cultures of the future. R.O.T. R. II features works that mine popular culture for imagery that embodies these concepts. The exhibit includes a variety of art and artifacts, ranging from contemporary studio art, African American and Afro-Caribbean visionary art, sequential art and various examples of conceptual/futuristic design. The exhibition combines objects from the Museum’s collection with works loaned from individual artists and institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
The exhibit will be on view at the Tubman Museum through July 27, 2013.
There will be a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at the Museum on Friday, May 24th, from 6 to 8 P.M. Many of the artist s will be in attendance. Special musical guests for the event are Dean Brown and Dubshak. Admission to the reception is free for Museum Members and $5.00 for the General Public.