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Creation as Ritual: Performing Disguise

Saturday, September 17, 2016

12–6 pm

Throughout the Museum

Join us for the closing celebration of our multisensory exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art. Get an unmasked look at how internationally known artists reimagine ritual, tradition, and cultural practices through an afternoon filled with performances, talks, and workshops.

Curatorial support provided by AFRICA SALON, Yale University’s contemporary African arts and culture festival. This program supported in part by the Brooklyn Museum African Art Council. Okayafrica is media partner.

Here's the lineup:

12–12:45 p.m. | Curator Tour | Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor
Go behind the scenes in Diguise, with Kevin Dumouchelle, curator of the exhibition.

1–1:45 p.m. | Performance | Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Artist Laolu Senbanjo’s Exposed, which includes his sacred Yoruba body painting featured in Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade, is performed by dancers Ntifafa Tete Rosenthal, Previous Gilbert, and Olivia Burgess. Includes a talkback and body painting with Senbanjo.

2–2:45 p.m. | Digital Culture Chat | Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
A panel discussion about “digital museums” and African art and culture. With Jonathan Jackson, co-founder of Blavity; Eyitemi Popo, editor-in-chief of Ayiba magazine; and Omar Dubois, editor-in-chief of True Africa, moderated by artist Yatta Zoker.

3–4 p.m. | Performance and Artist Talk | East Gallery, 1st Floor
Dancer and choreographer Djassi Dacosta Johnson presents Brendan Fernandes's In Touch, which uses gesture to question how we interact with African art. After, the two artists join in conversation about performance art in museums; moderated by Amanda Jane Graham.

3:15–4 p.m. | Mask-Making Workshop | Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Guided by the Iyapo Repository, a library of digital and physical artifacts that affirm peoples of African descent.

4–4:45 p.m. | In Conversation | Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Disguise artist Zina Saro-Wiwa talks with curator Kevin Dumouchelle about her groundbreaking work that uses personal narrative. Watch this event on Livestream.

5–5:30 p.m. | Multisensory Poetry Reading | Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Safia Elhillo performs poetry, with soundscapes and visuals by performance collective BKLYN ZULU. Watch this event on Livestream.