African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity (The Griot Project Book Series) (Paperback)

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By Sharrell D. Luckett (Editor), Carrie Mae Weems (Foreword by), Sharrell D. Luckett (Contributions by), Carmen Gillespie (Contributions by), Rikki Byrd (Contributions by), Amber Lauren Johnson (Contributions by), Doria E. Charlson (Contributions by), Florencia V. Cornet (Contributions by), Daniel McNeil (Contributions by), Lucy Caplan (Contributions by), Genevieve Hyacinthe (Contributions by), Sammantha McCalla (Contributions by), Nettrice R. Gaskins (Contributions by), Abby Dobson (Contributions by), J. Michael Kinsey (Contributions by), Shondrika Moss-Bouldin (Contributions by), Julie B. Johnson (Contributions by), Jasmine Eileen Coles (Contributions by), Tawnya Pettiford-Wates (Contributions by), Rickerby Hinds (Contributions by), Carrie Mae Weems (By (artist))
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Signaling such recent activist and aesthetic concepts in the work of Kara Walker, Childish Gambino, BLM, Janelle Monáe, and Kendrick Lamar, and marking the exit of the Obama Administration and the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this anthology explores the role of African American arts in shaping the future, and further informing new directions we might take in honoring and protecting the success of African Americans in the U.S. The essays in African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity engage readers in critical conversations by activists, scholars, and artists reflecting on national and transnational legacies of African American activism as an element of artistic practice, particularly as they concern artistic expression and race relations, and the intersections of creative processes with economic, sociological, and psychological inequalities. Scholars from the fields of communication, theater, queer studies, media studies, performance studies, dance, visual arts, and fashion design, to name a few, collectively ask: What are the connections between African American arts, the work of social justice, and creative processes? If we conceive the arts as critical to the legacy of Black activism in the United States, how can we use that construct to inform our understanding of the complicated intersections of African American activism and aesthetics? How might we as scholars and creative thinkers further employ the arts to envision and shape a verdant society?

Contributors: Carrie Mae Weems, Carmen Gillespie, Rikki Byrd, Amber Lauren Johnson, Doria E. Charlson, Florencia V. Cornet, Daniel McNeil, Lucy Caplan, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Sammantha McCalla, Nettrice R. Gaskins, Abby Dobson, J. Michael Kinsey, Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, Julie B. Johnson, Sharrell D. Luckett, Jasmine Eileen Coles, Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Rickerby Hinds.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press. 

About the Author

SHARRELL D. LUCKETT is director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and an assistant professor of drama and performance studies at the University of Cincinnati. She is the founding director of the Black Acting Methods Studio, a training program in performance theory and practice.

Praise For…

“In African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity, Sharrell D. Luckett brings together a treasure trove of essays that contribute greatly to the extant literature on black art and the political economic conditions through which they emerge. With the same care to aesthetics as the artists they analyze, each of the authors in the volume demonstrates that race, artistry, and activism are intimately imbricated—and must be if there is to be a black future.”
— E. Patrick Johnson

"Three essays will be especially noteworthy for readers new to this topic: Abby Dobson's “From Baldwin to Beyoncé,” Lucy Caplan's 'Race and History on the Operatic Stage,' and Jasmine Coles and Tawnya Pettiford-Wates's 'The Conciliation Project as a Social Experiment.' The last of these explores 'Uncle Tom-ism' as portrayed in minstrel shows and deconstructs the bipolar extremes of the good versus bad slave. Recommended." 
— Choice

"A compendium of provocative, smart contemporary thought on the politics of culture and possibilities for progressive interventions; and it surveys various fields, identifying figures and projects of worth."
— Offscreen

Product Details
ISBN: 9781684481521
ISBN-10: 168448152X
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication Date: December 6th, 2019
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: The Griot Project Book Series

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