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NY, USA: African Exhibition @ PS1 Feb 10-May 5, 2002

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    The Short Century Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994 February 10 to May 5, 2002 PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 18, 2002
      The Short Century
      Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994
      February 10 to May 5, 2002

      PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island
      City, Queens, New York

      http://www.ps1.org

      Opening February 10, 2002, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
      presents The Short Century: Independence and Liberation
      Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, a landmark exhibition
      exploring African culture through art, film, photography,
      graphics, architecture, music, literature, and theater.
      Featuring works by more than fifty artists from twenty-two
      countries, the exhibition will occupy the entire three
      floors of galleries at P.S.1. Curated by Okwui Enwezor for
      the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, The Short Century is the
      first major survey to examine this dynamic and
      politically-charged era in African art and history, and how
      liberation movements and art have been bound together in the
      forging of new cultural identities. The Short Century
      presents a cultural context in which the intense politics of
      African freedom movements are displayed: from the initial
      struggles for independence following the Second World War,
      to the collapse of apartheid in South Africa and the
      establishment of democratic governments in the nations of
      Africa. An opening reception will be held at P.S.1 on
      February 10, 12pm-6pm.

      "I am very pleased that we are able to present The Short
      Century at P.S.1.," states Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The
      Museum of Modern Art, "and I am deeply grateful to The
      International Council of The Museum of Modern Art for their
      support of this initiative. The Short Century is an
      extremely important exhibition that examines in detail the
      complex relationship between African Liberation movements
      and the creation of new visual languages to express the
      powerful intellectual and cultural forces associated with
      these movements."

      On the occasion of The Short Century, P.S.1, The Museum of
      Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and NYU's Institute
      of African American Affairs and Africana Studies Program
      have joined in an effort to engage a broad scope of
      audiences in the issues addressed by the exhibition. The
      programming includes film screenings, lectures,
      performances, dialogues, and panel discussions featuring
      artists, art historians, curators, and academics that will
      take place at each of the institutions. The Museum of Modern
      Art presents The Short Century Film Program, a series of
      nine films by major African directors organized by Laurence
      Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, The
      Museum of Modern Art, in association with Okwui Enwezor and
      Mark Nash. Jay Levenson, Director, International Program;
      Astrid Persans, Programs Associate; and Amy Horshak, Museum
      Educator at The Museum of Modern Art have also organized the
      African Museum Professionals Workshop, an important
      initiative that will provide fifteen curators and educators
      from sub-Saharan Africa an opportunity to experience
      institutional practices in New York, while establishing
      relationships with museums and galleries in New York City,
      Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. P.S.1's Education Program
      has developed a series of programs specifically for the New
      York presentation of the exhibition, including artist-led
      tours and workshops for students and teachers, interactive
      projects, special performances, and family guides that
      connect the issues in The Short Century to local concerns.
      The Studio Museum in Harlem presents two exhibitions and
      lectures in conjunction with The Short Century, including
      Yinka Shonibare and Africaine: Candice Breitz, Wangechi
      Mutu, Tracey Rose and Fatimah Tuggar. P.S.1, The Museum of
      Modern Art, and The Africana Studies Program at New York
      University have organized a lecture by the prominent African
      novelist Chinua Achebe.

      Music/Recorded Sound

      Through audio recordings, album covers, photographs,
      performance posters, and sheet music, this section examines
      the social, cultural, and political uses of music from
      highlife, juju, mbaqanga, and marabi to jazz, blues, and
      township jive and presents the work of African composers who
      adopted the formal structures of European compositional
      technique.
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