Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements

Image and videos from the event can be found here. A schedule of the event can be found below.

Inaugural Conference of the Black Arts Initiative (BAI) at Northwestern University

Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
Block Museum
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

4-4:30pm: Welcoming Remarks
E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University
Daniel Linzer, Provost, Northwestern University

4:30-6pm: Opening Plenary: “The Black Chicago Renaissance”
Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College
Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and History, Northwestern University
John McCluskey, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Afro-American Studies, Indiana University
Moderator: Ivy Wilson, Associate Professor of English, Director of American Studies, Northwestern University

6-7pm: Reception

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
McCormick Tribune Center Auditorium
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

9-9:30am: Continental Breakfast

9:30-11:00am: “We Real Cool: The Chicago Black Literary Tradition”
Jackie Goldsby, Professor of English & African American Studies, Yale University
Michelle Gordon, Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies, USC
Angela Jackson, Poet, Novelist and Playwright
Quraysh Lansana, Poet and Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center, Chicago State University
Haki Madhubuti, Poet and Founder of Third World Press
Moderator: Dwight McBride, Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost,
Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies, Northwestern University

11:30am – 12pm: Student Performances of Literature by Black Chicago Authors

12-1pm: Lunch 

1-2:30pm: “Black Dance/Chicago Dance”
Baraka de Soleil, Curator and Choreographer
Kevin Iega Jeff, Artistic Director, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
Joel Hall, Artistic Director, Joel Hall Dancers-Chicago
Brave Monk, Hip Hop Dancer, Educator and Organizer
Amaniyea Payne, Artistic Director, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Moderator: Queen Meccasia Zabriskie

3-4:30pm: “Rhapsody: The Music of Black Chicago”
Monica Hairston O’Connell, Executive Director, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College
Johari Jabir, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois – Chicago
Travis Jackson, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, University of Chicago
Frankie Knuckles, DJ and Record Producer
Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Alex Weheliye, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, Northwestern University

4:30-5pm: Tribune to Gospel Music Composer Thomas Dorsey by the Northwestern Community Ensemble

5-6pm: Reception

Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL

9am: Screening of Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat By The Door
(Logan Center Screening Room)

10:30am: “Filming While Black in Chicago”
(Logan Center Screening Room)
Christine Acham, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis
Barbara Allen, Documentary Filmmaker
Ronn Pitts, Filmmaker
Pemon Rami, Casting Director and Producer, and Director of Education and Public Programs, DuSable Museum of African American History
Moderator: Jacqueline Stewart, Associate Professor, Radio/Television/Film and African American Studies, Northwestern University

12pm: Lunch 
(Logan Center Penthouse)

1-2:30pm: “This Stage We Call Life: A Black Chicago Theater/Performance Roundtable”
(Logan Center Penthouse)
Aaron Carter, Resident Playwright, MPAACT
Runako Jahi, Artistic Director, eta Creative Arts Foundation
Eugene Useni Perkins, Poet and Playwright
Kemati Porter, Producing Director, eta Creative Arts Foundation
Chuck Smith, Resident Director, the Goodman Theatre and Associate Producer, Legacy Productions
Jackie Taylor, Founder and Executive Director, Black Ensemble Theater Company
Val Gray Ward, Actress, Producer and Cultural Activist
Avery Young, Writer, Performer and Teaching Artist
Moderator: D. Soyini Madison, Professor and Chair, Department of Performance Studies, and Affiliate Faculty in Anthropology and the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University

South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

3:15-5pm: “Visualizing Black Chicago: AfriCOBRA Now”
Barbara Jones Hogu, Artist
Wadsworth Jarrell, Painter, Sculptor and Printmaker
Faheem Majeed, Artist, Curator, and Community Facilitator, former Executive Director and Curator for the South Side Community Art Center
Patric McCoy, President, Diasporal Rhythms
Rebecca Zorach, Professor of Art History, University of Chicago
Moderator: Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University

Norman’s Bistro
1001 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL

7-11pm: Jazz Supper Club
*limited seating for this event*
1st set: Phil Cohran and band
2nd set: Makaya McCraven‘s Roots of Routes, featuring Dee Alexander


**RSVPs are required for two events–AfriCOBRA Now and Jazz Supper Club–as well as for afternoon transportation on Saturday, June 1. RSVPs are suggested for all events. RSVP here.