Elizabeth Alexander presents “The Idea of Ancestry” in Contemporary Black Art

“Don’t Forget to Feed the Loas:” Near Ancestry in Contemporary Black Arts

Elizabeth Alexander

This talk will focus on the work of recently-deceased Eritrean-American painter Ficre Ghebreyesus and the painterly language of   “near-ancestry” in his and other black diaspora art.   Developing Etheridge Knight’s phrase “the idea of ancestry,” the talk will also look to the dances of Bill T. Jones and the work of Anna Deavere Smith and other art that speaks to intimate proximity to death and the ancestral imperative in black art.

April 25, 2013 5:30 PM
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture