On 3-6 March 2016, The Armory Show’s Focus: African Perspectives will bring together one of the largest collections of African art ever displayed in the African diaspora. The show highlights the work of contemporary African artists whom have lived abroad and takes place at Pier 94 in New York City:
… (it) will provide a glimpse of international artistic production from contemporary African viewpoints: emerging curators, artists, galleries and art spaces that connect scenes and markets through global networks. From Lagos to London to Luanda – and presented together for the first time in one location.
Some of the artwork will be for sale with other pieces exhibited for viewing only.
In nearby Tenafly NJ, The small African Art Museum houses a permanent collection of traditional African Art curated by the Society of African Missions.
Filmmaker and drone flyer Ian Wood has put together a beautiful video of visual treasures in downtown LA, well worthy of the 5 minute viewing time with a rocking blues soundtrack that makes it a fun watch.
People, this is a good use of drone technology – spreading wonder, enjoyment … celebrating culture and sense of place – and showing that aerial photography is within reach of the average Joe. Wood’s video comes with a companion map of locations he filmed.
Africa Salon, Yale’s first annual contemporary African arts and culture festival — featuring some of today’s top artists from the continent and diaspora — will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.
Hosted by the Yale Africa Initiative, the interactive event will include a series of panels, readings, exhibits, and performances.
The event will open on Friday evening with a panel moderated by Michael Veal, professor of music and African American studies. Saturday’s events will include a series of panels — each accompanied by a performance or visual presentation — highlighting key artists and their work in contemporary African literature, visual art, film, music, fashion, and dance. At each panel, faculty and students who are producing artistic work on Africa will be featured.
A free-to-the-public concert will held at Battel Chapel, located at 400 College Street, New Haven. Other events take place at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park St. Registration is $20 for the public and $10 for students.
View the full schedule and register for Africa Salon at africasalon.org. More information about the festival at YaleNews.
An ornate and beautiful underground temple was discovered in secret in the hills of northern Italy in November of last year.
. . . the ‘Temples of Damanhur’ are not the great legacy of some long-lost civilisation, they are the work of a 57-year-old former insurance broker from northern Italy who, inspired by a childhood vision, began digging into the rock.
It all began in the early Sixties when Oberto Airaudi was aged ten. From an early age, he claims to have experienced visions of what he believed to be a past life, in which there were amazing temples.
Around these he dreamed there lived a highly evolved community who enjoyed an idyllic existence in which all the people worked for the common good.
More bizarrely still, Oberto appeared to have had a supernatural ability: the gift of “remote viewing” – the ability to travel in his mind’s eye to describe in detail the contents of any building.
“My goal was to recreate the temples from my visions,” he says.