Post Now and Post New: Afrofuturist Themes in Contemporary Art Practice

Photo: D. Denenge Duyst-AkpemPhoto: D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem
As part of the MoCP's "In Their Own Form" programming, Jennifer Scott, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, and Ingrid LaFleur will discuss Afrofuturist themes in contemporary art.

“Imagining and creating Black utopias is one of many ways Black Americans have survived and coped with the intergenerational traumas embedded in our DNA.”

—Ingrid LaFleur on Black Panther

As part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s public programming for the current exhibition In Their Own Form, the MoCP will present a May 3 discussion between Jennifer Scott, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem, and Ingrid LaFleur on Afrofuturist themes in contemporary art and how they influence and inform modern artistic practice.

Jennifer Scott, the director and chief curator of UIC’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum—the memorial to social reformer and first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Jane Addams—will lead the discussion. Duyst-Akpem will bring her expertise in sculpting, performance art, and education to the discussion, as will artist and curator Ingrid LaFleur, who is the founder of Afrotopia.

More programming for In Their Own Form will continue throughout May. Lesley A. Martin of The PhotoBook Review will speak on May 9 at the Ferguson Lecture Hall, and May 11 features an interactive celebration of science fiction in books and comics in conjunction with Manifest.

Post Now and Post New: Afrofuturist Themes in Contemporary Art Practice
Thursday, May 3
6 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave.