Art Exhibit | Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom

The art exhibit Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom focuses on an extraordinary - and now lost - historical artifact: a "Book of Paintings" created by José Antonio Aponte, a free black carpenter, artist, and former soldier who was also the leader of an ambitious antislavery movement in Cuba during the Age of Revolution. During his trial, Aponte was forced to describe each of the pictures in his book, which portrayed a wide array of subjects, from Biblical scenes to episodes in the history of Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Visionary Aponte | Film Screening: Afro-Futurism

Public screening of three short films in anticipation of the opening the Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery. Films include Invocation for José Antonio Aponte: Lámina 26, directed by Nina Angela Mercer and Toshi Sakai (2017), 8 minutes; Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary, directed by Jenn Nkiru (2017), 11 minutes; and The Last Angel of History, directed by John Akomfrah (1996), 45 minutes.