Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.
Most New Yorkers know about the West Indian Day Parade, a massive Carnival celebration that typically brings more than a million people to Crown Heights for a daylong display of dazzling costumes, vibrant music (coming from live bands and massive speakers), and food vendors all along Eastern Parkway. But I’d wager that far fewer are familiar J’Ouvert, the pre-dawn procession that takes place the night before. A program happening this Saturday, August 19, at the Brooklyn Public Library will offer an introduction.
Co-presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music and the Caribbean Studies Program at Brooklyn College, J’Ouvert City International, Something Positive Inc., and the library, the event will focus specifically on Trinidad’s J’Ouvert, which began in 1783 when French settlers introduced their masquerade balls to the island but wouldn’t allow slaves to participate; the slaves responded by holding their own parties. Different Caribbean countries and expat communities have gone on to develop their own traditional takes on the annual festival, and the first part of Saturday’s program will be a discussion of the history of two Trinidadian staples: the steelpan instrument and “ole mas,” a form of street theater. After that, attendees will head outside for a concert/demonstration of J’Ouvert music, dance, and stick play. Five Brooklyn-based Caribbean bands will perform — Kutters, Legend Stars, Oil Downers, La Troupe Zetwal, and Something Positive, Inc. — and there will be a chance to make your own mask.
When: Saturday, August 19, 2–5pm
Where: Central Library, Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
More info here.
Lynne Ramsay’s 1999 debut film is arguably one of the masterpieces of 20th-century depictions of childhood poverty.
Works by Rodolfo Abularach, Mario Bencomo, Denise Carvalho, Pérez Celis, Entes, and Agustín Fernández are on view at the NYC gallery through January 7, 2022.
An investigation by the Cambodian government flagged 45 “highly significant” items in the museum’s collection as looted.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
“Ecosystem X,” an art-based reimagining of life on planet Earth, is the theme of this open call. 10 artists will win $5,000 and one student will receive $5,000 as a scholarship/stipend.
In 1850, when Dr. Robert W. Gibbes commissioned J. T. Zealy to make daguerreotypes of persons held in slavery in and around Columbia, South Carolina, for Harvard Professor Louis Agassiz to use in support of his theory that African people were a separate species, daguerreotypes were at the height of fashion.
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny