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 Artur, Tiffany Chung, Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, Naine 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.