Fela Kuti Art Exhibit opens in NYC
- When: Friday, July 11, 2003 12:00 AM to Monday, September 22, 2003 12:00 AM
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: New York City - http://www.newmuseum.org/now_upcoming.php
New Museum of Contemporary Art - http://www.newmuseum.org/now_upcoming.php
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
July 11 - September 21, 2003
Musician and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti created Afrobeat, the infectious
fusion of American jazz and funk with the African rhythms of highlife music.
Through politically-charged lyrics, electrifying stage performances, and his
counter-culture lifestyle, Fela preached against social injustice and
corruption. Since his death in 1997 from an AIDS-related illness, Fela's
status as a pan-African icon has continued to grow.
Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti presents the many
sides of Fela - musical pioneer, political dissident, utopian visionary,
consummate showman, husband and lover - through works of painting, drawing,
sculpture, photography, mixed media and sound installation, video, film,
computer animation and music by 30 artists of the African Diaspora. Artists
include Sanford Biggers, Kendell Geers, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. D.J. Spooky),
Yinka Shonibare, Kara Walker and Klaus Bürgel, Fred Wilson, Wangechi Mutu,
and many others.
Black President is guest curated by Trevor Schoonmaker. The exhibition will
be accompanied by a fully-illustrated 250-page catalogue.