Image credits: (clockwise from top): The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press, 2018); Wendel A. White, “1st Book Purchased After Slavery, Douglass”, “Fredrick Douglass”, “Hair, Frederick Douglass” from the Manifest project (2019); Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) official movie poster, a Magnolia Pictures release. Image (c) and courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, image by Mickalene Thomas; Terry Boddie, Prison Industrial, 2018; Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry & Jessica Curry (Aladdin/Simon and Schuster, 2019); Regina Hall; Gordon Parks with actors from The Learning Tree, Fort Scott, Kansas, 1969. Photographer Unknown. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University are both interdisciplinary spaces for students, faculty, post-doc fellows, artists, scholars and the general public. Founded in 1969, IAAA’s mission continues to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond with a commitment to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies. The CBVC, expanding on that mission, is a space for scholarly and artistic inquiry (framing and reframing) into the understanding and exploration of images focusing on Black people globally with critical evaluation of images in multiple realms of culture, including how various archives and the development of visual technologies affect the construction of representations.

The goals of IAAA and CBVC converge to promote and encourage collaborative research projects, experimental learning and open spaces to the larger community for broad and thematic discussions through various, diverse and dynamic public programming and initiatives by way of conferences, lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, readings, performances, visiting scholars, artist residencies and publications.

Image (c) and courtesy of Magnolia Pictures,
image by Mickalene Thomas

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019, 120 min., USA)
Saturday, September 14 • 5:30 - 8:30 pm
A screening and discussion with director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Farah Jasmine Griffin (Columbia University, African American and African Diaspora
Studies Department) and Avery Willis Hoffman.

Yemane Demissie (credit: Adam Overton)

“War, Modernity and Aspirations: Exploring 20th Century Imperial Ethiopia through
Witnesses’ Words and Images”

Thursday, September 19 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
A presentation by Yemane Demissie (Undergraduate Department of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts-NYU) and Q&A with Manthia Diawara (Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies-NYU). Filmmaker Yemane Demissie’s forthcoming social-history documentary series, The Quantum Leapers: Ethiopia 1916-1975, focuses on the buoyant and tumultuous experiences of Ethiopians during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The Supper Club: Reflections on the Landscapes of Latinx Art
Tuesday, September 24 • 6 - 8:30 pm
A reflection on the contemporary issues and the racial and identity landscapes that Latinx artists have to maneuver in the arts.

Passageways #2, Secrets, Traditions,
Spoken and Unspoken Truths or Not,
Delphine Adama Fawundu 2017, Photograph
on Archival Paper 40 x 30 in.

Closets: Reimagining Identities while Embracing Memories
Opening reception
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 • 6 pm
On view October 2 – January 3, 2020
By investigating the closet as a site where beauty, memory, and labor are enacted, this exhibition celebrates the closet as a space of empowerment for individuals authoring their own identities contrary to the social or cultural.

Postponed until Spring 2020

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Saturday, October 12
In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance. A co-sponsorship hosted by The Literary Society for a day-long celebration of the book, the author and Harlem's 100 (the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance).

Still from Garrett Bradley's America (c) 2019

BAM and Black Portraiture[s]: Responding to Garrett Bradley's America
Wednesday, October 16 • 7 pm
With her revelatory new short film America, Garrett Bradley does nothing less than construct a joyous alternative history of African-American representation on screen. In this special one-night event, a selection of leading moving image scholars will reflect on the historical and contemporary significance of the sumptuous images and compelling themes offered up by America, following a screening of the film.



50th Anniversary Celebration of the Institute of African American Affairs &
Center for Black Visual Culture
Thursday, October 17 • 6:30 - 10:30 pm
To mark the golden anniversary of the Institute we will celebrate with past directors, special invited guests and moments that demonstrate the Institute’s past, present and future.

Prison Industrial, Terry Boddie, 2018

Black Portraiture[s]: V Memory and the Archive Past. Present. Future.
October 17, 18, 19
The conference will explore the making of visual archives, the narratives they tell, and the parameters that define them as objects of study.

Women & Migration: Responses in Art and History (Open Book Publishers, 2019)
Tuesday, October 22 • 6 - 9 pm
Contributors will present their essays from the book which charts how women’s profound and turbulent experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art and film.

Maaza Mengiste (credit: Nina Subin)

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019)
Wednesday, October 30 • 6 - 8 pm
In 1935, orphaned servant Hirut struggles to adapt to her new household as Ethiopia faces Mussolini’s looming invasion. A reading and book talk with author Maaza Mengiste.

Kinitra D. Brooks (credit: Kinitra D. Brooks);
Kameelah L. Martin

The Lemonade Reader Edited by Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin (Routledge, 2019)
Friday, November 1 • 6 - 8 pm


Join editors Kinitra D. Brooks (Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University) and Kameelah L. Martin (Professor of African American Studies and English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and Director of the African American Studies Program) and other contributors as they discuss The Lemonade Reader, an interdisciplinary collection of essays and editorials that explore the nuances of Beyonce’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade.

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Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

"With Our Freedom": An Oracle Honoring June Jordan
Wednesday, November 6 • 5:30 - 7 pm

NYU-Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway
Dean's Conference Room, 12th floor

A presentation and experience with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, the first person
to do archival research in the papers of Audre Lorde, June Jordan and Lucille Clifton.

No RSVP required, but please arrive early, space is limited.

Latin Blackness in Parisian Visual Culture, 1852-1932 by Lyneise E. Williams
(Bloomsbury Academic Publishers, 2019)
Thursday, November 7 • 6 - 8 pm


Join Lyneise E. Williams (Associate Professor of Art History at UNC–Chapel Hill) and Arlene Dávila (Professor of Anthropology & American Studies, Founding Director, The Latinx Project at NYU) for a book talk.

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Regina Hall (credit: Nancy Villere); Pamela Newkirk (credit: Joe Henson)

In Conversation: Regina Hall on Race Hollywood and Other Stories, and Pamela Newkirk author of Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business (Hachett Book Group, 2019)
Friday, November 15 • 6 - 8 pm


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Hank Willis Thomas
(credit: Andrea Blanch)

Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree: Fifty Years Later
Wednesday, November 20 • 6:30 - 9 pm


Clips from the film will be shown as 2019 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow and conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and Abbe Schriber (Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University) discuss the ongoing relevance of the film fifty years after its release.

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Ava DuVernay: Filmmaking, Vision and Justice - A conversation with Sarah Lewis

Tuesday, December 3rd • 6:00 - 8 pm

Join award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (When They See Us, Selma, Queen Sugar, A Wrinkle in Time) and Sarah Lewis (Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University) as she discusses her work.

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Daphne McWilliams and Chase Myles in
In a Perfect World(2016)
(Photo by Ana Dantas © Seventh Child Productions)

In a Perfect World (2016, 76 min., USA) with director Daphne McWilliams
Thursday, December 12 • 6 - 8 pm

Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall
32 Waverly Place, 1st Floor
(between University Place/Washington Square East and Greene Street)

Join director Daphne McWilliams as she discusses her film, In a Perfect World, in which she explores the dynamics of what it means to be a man who is raised by a single mother.

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Holiday Celebration with Children's Book Authors & Illustrators
Sunday, December 15 • 2 - 5 pm

New York, NY 10032

Join authors and illustrators Parker Curry and Jessica Curry (Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment), Christopher Myers (My Pen), Zetta Elliott (Milo's Museum), Shannon Wright (My Mommy Medicine) and others as they read and discuss their work at a fun-filled and informative afternoon for kids, parents and all!

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The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University would like to thank all of our co-sponsors including NYU’s Office of the Provost; Tisch School of the Arts Office of the Dean; Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University; Office of the SVP Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging; NYU Center for the Humanities; NYU Africa House; Africana Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU.

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