Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MoCADA presents " Avant Yard: Ancient Futures/The DNA of Cultures & Civilizations

Ancient Futures:
The DNA of Cultures & Civilizations

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is proud to present Ancient Futures: The DNA of Cultures and Civilizations. A revival of the critically acclaimed 1990s Avant Yard underground art movement in Tribeca, that took the New York art world by storm, the exhibition Ancient Futures will feature work from several of the previously exhibited artists that started the revolution, as well as newer, emerging artists that are continuing the tradition of pushing the envelope. This group exhibition explores the "underground art movement" during the early 90s, while updating new visitors to emerging provocative artists coming onto the scene. Through a cutting edge collaboration of art and music, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a multi-sensory journey, while also receiving commentary on current cultural, political and social events.

By highlighting the role of the artist as it relates to social activism, Ancient Futures attempts to create a dialogue by utilizing art and music as a platform, while embracing the idea that individual artistic expression is necessary. Ancient Futures is an exploration into the mental make-up of the U.S. social system: the beauty, ugliness, abstraction, music, and color. It is a celebration of who individuals are in the present in relation to their past, and how they now forge their new futures. After all, the present is nothing more than pre-sent moments.

Featured Artists:
Terry Boddie, Fikisha C, Jennifer Crute, Francks Deceus, Joshua Humphries, Dirk Joseph, Laura James, Kip Omolade, William Rhodes, Danny Simmons, Jamel Shabazz & Malik Yusef Cumbo

Musical Performances:
The Essential M.C., Game Rebellion, the Welfare Poets, Yolanda Zama, Nucomme, Survival Soundz featuring Carla Csharp Gomez, Lovespace Music, Defrei of Ahficianados, the Majestic Twinsound and Ahficial Music.

Located at 80 Hanson Place at South Portland in Downtown Brooklyn, near the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The 2, 3, 4, 5, B, and Q stop at Atlantic Avenue.
The D, M, N, and R stop at Pacific Avenue.
The C stops at Lafayette Avenue.
The G stops at Fulton Street.

Suggested donation: $4 for adults, $3 for students (with valid ID) and seniors. Free for children 12 and under.

Image Credit: Malik Yusef Cumbo, Dogon Spirit

Text courtesy of MoCADA.

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