Staging a Revolution: Black Arts Now, An Arts Platform

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Staging a Revolution
Fall 2022
Taught By: Andie Berry
Section: A

CRN: 14051

Credits: 4

The summer of 2020 brought new energy to black political activism as thousands of people marched in the streets insisting that black lives matter; at the same time, black artists carried this call for revolution over soundwaves, onto screens, and into galleries. Over the last decade, the United States has experienced an explosion of black creative production that includes theater, film, television, music, literature, and visual art – including Kendrick Lamar’s musical declaration “We Gon’ Be Alright,” Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas’s film portrait Queen & Slim, and the industry-shaking open letter “We See You White American Theater.” By engaging with living artists, curators, and thinkers, this course explores the relationship between artistic expression, social justice, and politics. Together, we will ask questions such as: how are artists responding to the increased visibility of anti-black violence? How are black artists mobilizing and building coalitions to affect change in their industries? And how does this profusion of black art relate to non-black audiences and institutions? This course examines the tensions, possibilities, collaborations, and innovations unfolding in this contemporary black arts movement. This ARTS PLATFORM COURSE meets twice per week: DAY ONE will be a virtual, public-facing conversation considering the relationship between black art and activism both within and outside established institutions; DAY TWO, the class will meet for a closed seminar discussion. This course can also satisfy an elective requirement for the Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Music, Theater, or Visual Studies majors and minors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:58am EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1107
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022