Arts and Culture Inspiration 02/28/2021
Three things keeping me inspired this week.
1. Last fall I attended NYC Jewelry Week which was held virtually due to the pandemic. NYC Jewelry Week is the first and only week in the United States dedicated to promoting and celebrating the world of jewelry through educational and innovative focused programming. The week was filled with exhibitions, panel discussions, workshop visits, and studio tours. By the end of it all I was left inspired, informed and excited to get back to creating.
One of the presentations that was particularly moving to me was "Legacy" with Sebastian Grant: Jewelry Making and Building African American Communities, Preserving Heritage, and Pushing Creativity. "Legacy" explores some of the many contributions of African American jewelers, from the Modernist jewelry practices of the 1940’s to the powerful political statements made in jewelry more recently. The program looks at the various fields that benefited from black creative talent, looking at scenes from fashion and performance, to arts and design and shares insights not only about the creative works themselves, but also the communities that developed around the enthusiastic exchanges of creative thought.
You can check it out below (the pictures at the end are awesome)!
2. My friend put me on to this really cool documentary called Mr. Soul. Premiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post-Civil Rights Black radical thought. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man—Ellis Haizlip— who guided it, through participants’ recollections and archival footage, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.
Here is a small clip from one episode of the show featuring a young Cicely Tyson and the musical Group Taj Mahal
You can watch the full documentary here;
3. My friends DJ Shannon Harris and Stacey Gibson have been working on a neat audio series called: Afrifutrinity: Quantum Cosmic Futures Afri-Sci-Facts
An audio experience that explores science, space, physics/meta-physics, his/her story/mystery, culture, health, research, teaching, music and entertainment. In this series we are led on an Astrotravel experience incorporating 3D environmental recordings and sound design to assist in the the deeper listening process.
They are about 9 episodes in so far, you can check out the first here: https://soundcloud.com/shannon-harris73/afrifutrinity-episode-1