Hapo Na Zamani (Black Arts Movement Past and Present)
On Saturday, May 20th, Park Avenue Armory’s Making Space Public Programming Series and Harlem Stage will co-present Hapo Na Zamani (Black Arts Movement Past and Present), a 1960s-style happening, combining elements of painting, poetry, music, dance, and theater to blur the boundaries between life and art and invite audience members to not only witness but become a part of the art in action. The evening is centered around a set of concerts by Grammy Award-winning musician Vernon Reid and a band of renegade musicians from Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber in the Armory’s Veterans Room. The group will perform two sets, one at 8pm and another at 9:30pm, inspired by the greats of the Black Arts Movement and honoring the musical legacy of the late writer and intellectual Greg Tate. Before and after their seated performance times, the audience will be invited to engage with screenings of the film Kolonial and other activations by interdisciplinary artist Stefanie Batten Bland, Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson, and other surprise guests in in the Armory’s historic period rooms, open from 7pm to 10:30pm. Other participants include Nona Hendryx, Somi, Wunmi, Carrie Mae Weems, and Dianne Smith, among others. Hapo Na Zamani is co-presented with Harlem Stage as part of their Black Arts Movement: Then and Now Conference.
Venue: Park Avenue Armory New York
643 Park Ave
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