feature: new york public library opens its new afro-futuristic exhibition – ‘unveiling visions: the alchemy of the black imagination’

October 2, 2015

Yesterday, the New York Public Library opened its latest exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – ‘Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination’ (October 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015). Curated by artist John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, the Afro-Futuristic Collection “showcases illustrations, graphic design, literature, posters, and mixed-media digital and analog artworks by 87 emerging, mid-career and acclaimed artists. The collection of visual materials on view serves as a creative, experimental and educational impetus to analyze the growing corpus of work surrounding the nexus between S.T.E.A.M. (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and contemporary artistic production” (states the exhibition’s camp). They add, “Through an analysis of visual culture […] the exhibition examines the power that creativity wields in the struggle for various freedoms of expression and the politics of resistance.” CLICK HERE for more info, and see some of the featured art below (including the work of Manzel Bowman).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor


‘Mind Blown’ by Manzel Bowman