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THE ART OF JUSTICE 1 
Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic
of the Movement

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM (first convening in a series of 3)
Location: New York University
Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Building, First Floor
33 Washington Place, NY NY 10003 

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PHOTOS

  • THE ART OF JUSTICE I: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement
    November 7, 2015 / Photo © NYU-IAAA

We knew we heard Monk and Mongo differently; Trane’s tenor seized our spirit, shook our consciousness while Miles blue thru a cold trumpet that cooled the asphyxiating heat of our collective hell in America… Ours was the first American aesthetic revolution.”  
Felipe Luciano 2015

ABOUT THE ART OF JUSTICE:
Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement
A One-Day Conference 

It is essential to understand how art has been utilized in the quest for social and political justice. Especially in the age of Ferguson, it is important to remember that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is part of an ongoing historical struggle. Currently cell phones/cameras have provided the evidence to stimulate a new political consciousness through their ability to document social and political conditions in real time. And, Hip-Hop culture, with its fusion of "the beat" and social commentary, has provided the musical environment for the contemporary social activism. But this marriage of aesthetics and politics has a long history in the Americas, especially in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Black, Latino and Asian arts movements. Movements which were inspired and influenced by the Civil/Human Rights Movement in the United States, and by the freedom or anti-colonial movements in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

With a particular focus on the Black and Nuyorican Arts Movements, The Art of Justice: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement conference is dedicated to presenting the ideas, and aesthetics of those earlier movements using the first hand voices of those involved. There will be an emphasis on group discussion and audience participation. Some of the essential themes to be discussed are: the universality of the struggle for justice and the art that served it; the continuity of the struggle with others like the Negritude Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, Marcus Garvey’s and the UNIA, and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam; the celebration of historic activist, including Marcus Garvey, Carlos Cooks, Elombe Brath, Amiri Baraka, Mario Bauzá, Frank ‘Machito’ Grillo, Tito Puente, Asadata Dafora, Pearl Primus, Katherine Dunham, Diego Rivera, Baba Osergiman, Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu, Babatunje Olatunji, Syvilla Fort, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Sun Ra, Nina Simone and others; the reassessment of current movements like Nuyorican Poets Cafe, La Raza, American Indian Movement, the Asian Arts Movement and the Guerrilla Girls.

The conference is being produced by the Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute, the Institute of African American Affairs and the Department of Arts and Public Policy, both of New York University and by the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.

The conference will consist of a series of three gatherings. The first will take place at NYU on Saturday, November 7, 2015. It will be composed of a full day gathering with three daily panels and a keynote address. There will be a focus on the art that was created by artists involved in the movements. The panels are constructed to stress open discussions as opposed to a lecture format, and to display a selection of the visual arts produced by the participants. Those who were personally active in the political arts movements will facilitate the discussions. The events of the day will conclude with an evening concert.

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THE ART OF JUSTICE 2 
Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic
of the Movement

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Location: New York University
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Flex Space
@20 Cooper Square - 4th floor, New York, NY 10003

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PHOTOS

  • THE ART OF JUSTICE II
    Race, Arts Funding, and the Survival of Community-Based Arts Organizations
    March 10, 2016 / Photo © NYU-IAAA

 

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THE ART OF JUSTICE 3 
MOUNTING INEQUITY:
Art in the Age of Diversity

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Location: New York University
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Flex Space
@20 Cooper Square - 4th floor, New York, NY 10003

 

Photos

  • THE ART OF JUSTICE III - Oct 18,2016 at NYU - Photos by Amun Ankhra