If Art is Politics!

Last week was an extremely busy week. My host, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics organized the eventful VLC Forum 2019 dedicated to art as a political practice. The Forum highlighted Pan-African collective Chimurenga, recipient of the 2018-2020 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice who installed its Pan African Space Station (PASS) at The New School. PASS landed at The New School from October 23–25 for a three-day broadcast that explored the participation of African American artists, activists, and intellectuals in FESTAC ’77, the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture held in January-February 1977 in Lagos Nigeria. On Friday, October 25, Chimurenga presented a rare performance of composer and trombonist Craig Harris‘ suite titled FESTAC ’77 at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium.

The Forum also included Global Voices, conversations on art and politics with Jane Lombard Fellows hailing from four continents: Liz Johnson ArturTiffany ChungDar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and ResearchNaine Terena de Jesus, and Jasmeen Patheja on Saturday, October 26.

The program also included a meting with NYC’s curator and also a special tour by curator Siliva Rocciolo to see the New School Art Collection.

The Dar Yusuf Jacir project- Palestine
An inspiring talk by Tiffany Chung

Pan African Space Station – The New School
Art Work- The New School (I wonder if the kids who go to school know how lucky they are!)
More art work

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