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ELEKTRIK REVIVAL: REMIXING THE BLACK SPECULATIVE SOUTH - Opening Reception & Discussion

On display in the Neil L. & Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery May 16 - July 21
Tuesday, May 16 | Opening Reception 4pm | Discussion 5pm
The Hiphop Archive | 104 Mount Auburn Street, Floor 3R, Cambridge, MA


ELEKTRIK REVIVAL is an art and design exhibit featuring a diverse body of in-progress graphic novel work, developmental designs, character sketches and prototypes related to an array of speculative stories set in the black U.S. South. Under the creative leadership of John Jennings and Stacey Robinson, the authors of BLACK KIRBY, the exhibit and panel discussion includes their digital transmedia artists’ collective: MOTHERBOXX STUDIOS.

This newly formed collective of artists have created and designed a vivid and dynamic visual feast of the imagination to shock, entertain, challenge, and inspire. The work in the exhibition is representational of all of the speculative genres including horror, sci-fi, steampunk, superhero, and fantasy. These mind-bending creations will deal with issues around social justice, environmental racism, and other pressing concerns in our country.

Come and experience a vibrant graphic romp into multiple alternate pasts and boldly black possible futures. 


Opening Discussion
TRANSLATING, CONTEMPLATING, AND SPECULATING:
BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSMEDIA


John Jennings, Curator2017 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside

Stacey Robinson, Curator - Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kinitra Brooks - Assistant Professor of African American and Afro-Caribbean Literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Reynaldo Anderson - Associate Professor of Communications and Chair of the Humanities Department, Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri

Susana M. Morris - Associate Professor of Black Media Studies at Georgia Tech

Nettrice Gaskins, Moderator - Artist in Residence and STEAM Lab Program Director at Boston Arts Academy 

Check out the live stream HERE!​



All events are free and open to the public.