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Creation as Ritual: Performing Disguise at the Brooklyn Museum

Join us for "Creation as Ritual: Performing Disguise," the closing celebration for Brooklyn Museum’s iconic exhibition "Disguise"

This Saturday the Brooklyn Museum’s iconic exhibition “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” is coming to a close. Join us for a day of performances, talks, workshops and more at their closing celebration entitled “ Creation as Ritual: Performing Disguise. ”


The exhibition, which has connected 25 contemporary artists with historical African masquerade, invites those who interact with it to examine how ritual plays a part in how they define their world. “By putting on a mask and becoming someone else, artists reveal hidden realities about society, including those of power, class, and gender, to suggest possibilities for the future.”

The day will feature performances by dancers Ntifafa Tete Rosenthal, Previous Gilbert, and Olivia Burgess who will bring artist Laolu Senbanjo’s spiritual body painting to life. Laolu Senbanjo, whose sacred art of the Ori was featured in Beyonce’s Lemonade, will offer his art to audience members and explain the meaning behind it. Poet Safia Elhillo will perform a multi-sensory poetry reading with soundscapes and visuals by performance collective BKLYN ZULU.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the exhibition, be sure not to miss " Creation as Ritual: Performing Disguise " this Saturday September 17th from 12-6pm.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

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1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

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French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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