Author: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute | Date: 18 May 2018
In the spirit of John Berger and Bell Hooks, former Washington Post journalist and current Howard University professor Natalie Hopkinson meditates on art as protest and the role of beauty in politically perilous times in A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance. Ms. Hopkinson will be in conversation with curator, scholar, and professor Grace Ali about her newly released book. Books will be available for purchase.
As a former Washington Post critic, Hopkinson spent twenty years writing about gentrification in the nation’s capitol, and now takes her sharp eye to the role of art and beauty in perilous times. In A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED, Hopkinson examines politically bold art generated in response to white supremacy, brutality, and oppression as she recounts the art and acts of painter Bernadette Persaud, poet Ruel Johnson, historian Walter Rodney, novelist John Berger, and the provocative African American artist Kara Walker in the milieu of Guyana’s emerging democracy (where Hopkinson’s family immigrated from). Her inquiry charts a jagged course through the Caribbean as she draws on the social histories of sugar and British colonialism to reflect on how art play vital roles in changing people and places, be it on Facebook or in the streets.
When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), 120 E. 125th Street, New York, New York 10035
Admission: FREE W/ RSVP