AASU Presents “House Party: Black History Month at 50”

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Black History Month in the US, the AASU organized a series of events.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Piper Auditorium
Description: Black History Month at 50 – Design in the Diaspora

The focus of this conversation will be taking stock of the legacy of Black History Month (BHM) fifty years after its founding at Kent State University in 1970, especially as it pertains to the arts and design. Celebration of BHM in the United States has tended toward uncritical praise of a select group of African-American historical figures. While the achievements and contributions of monumental individuals like Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others cannot be overstated, these figures are often framed quite narrowly, without acknowledging their connection to global movements in the arts and activism in their own times and beyond. 

Kobena Mercer has described diaspora as a cultural force that manifests a “dialogical doubleness,” critiquing modernism’s dependence on purity. Given the significance of the concept of diaspora to the formation of Blackness, how have Black activists, artists, and designers historically forged connections across national and ethnic lines? What impacts have Black cultural movements had across these national and ethnic lines (and vice versa)? How has this interconnectivity been significant to the development of modern art and architecture?

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: Gund 510
Description: Navigating Multidisciplinary Spaces with Fitgi Saint-Louis

Join Fitgi Saint-Louis from Gensler for a workshop on working in a multidisciplinary design environment. 

Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time:  6:30 pm
Location: Gund 517
Description: Movie Night with QueersinDesign: Pariah

Alike is a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents and younger sister in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity–sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

Snacks will be provided.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 6:30
Location: 42 K
Description: Pray Daddy, A Multimedia Performance

In Pray Daddy, father, son and spirit commune at the crossroads of the body, to exchange letters of love and becoming.
Made in community with Omotara Oluwafemi, scored by Tomal Hossain with the support of the Immersive Realities Lab for the Humanities.

Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 8:30
Location: 42 K
Description: Pray Daddy, A Multimedia Installation and Afterparty

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