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Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future

Urban Video Project (UVP), Light Work and Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) present a constellation of afro-futurist-themed screenings, talks and exhibitions on the occasion of UVP’s year-long curatorial program Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future.

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Black Radical Imagination I: Screening & Talk

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m.

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

 Black Radical Imagination II: Screening, Talk, & Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Community Folk Art Center 
805 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y.

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Black Radical Imagination I & II is a two-part screening of experimental film and video curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George exploring the aesthetics of afro-futurism and afro-surrealism. The programs feature different lineups, and each is followed by a discussion with the curators. The conversation following Black Radical Imagination II will also include artists Ephraim Asili and Lewis Vaughn. Featured artists include Jacolby Satterwhite, Cauleen Smith, Cristina de Middel, Sanford Biggers, Terence Nance, Lauren Kelley, Jeannette Ehlers, and many more!

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Jeannette Ehlers: Black Bullets

Feb. 10-March 28

Thursday-Saturday, dusk until 11 p.m.

UVP Everson Museum
401 Harrison St., Syracuse, N.Y.

 UVP is pleased to present Jeannette Ehlers: Black Bullets, on view at UVP Everson every Thursday through Saturday, from dusk to 11 p.m. from Feb. 10-March 28. Ehlers’ haunting 2012 video piece, Black Bullets, is inspired by the Haitian Revolution of 1791, which lead to the creation of the world’s first black republic. More…




Cristina de Middel: The Afronauts

Jan. 17-Feb. 28
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Community Folk Art Center 
805 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y.

CFAC, in cooperation with UVP, is pleased to present an exhibition of Cristina de Middel’s award winning photographic series, The Afronauts, from Jan. 17- Feb. 28. The Afronauts is inspired by the true story of Zambia’s efforts to send the first continental African into space, in 1964.

For more information, visit communityfolkartcenter.org.


The above events and exhibitions are presented in collaboration with Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Transmedia Colloquium and Department of Art’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series; the Community Folk Art Center; and with the generous support of the Syracuse University Humanities Center and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

‘Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future’

“Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future” is a year-long curatorial program applying an afrofuturist lens to art work by established and emerging artists including Isaac Julien, Sanford Biggers, Xaviera Simmons, Jeanette Ehlers, Black Radical Imagination I & II (curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George), Cristina de Middel and Cauleen Smith. In addition to the video projection series, this program includes co-sponsored events and exhibitions with CFAC and Light Work in Syracuse, N.Y. For more information about forthcoming artist talks, screenings, panel discussions and other events, please visit urbanvideoproject.com.


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