Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible
a discussion & celebration of the new book by Malik Gaines, with panelists Ricardo Montez, Fred Moten, & Alexandra Vasquez, with a response by Malik Gaines
** seating is limited and is on a first-come basis — doors open at 6 pm **
** panel will be livestreamed from the NYU Performance Studies Facebook page here **
September 21, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm
Malik Gaines, Performance Studies, New York University
Ricardo Montez, Humanities, The New School
Fred Moten, Performance Studies, New York University
Alexandra Vazquez, Performance Studies, New York University
In his just published Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left, Malik Gaines illustrates the black political ideas that radicalized the artistic endeavors of musicians, playwrights, and actors beginning in the 1960s. These ideas paved the way for imaginative models for social transformation through performance. Looking broadly at performances found in music, theater, film, and everyday life—from American singer and pianist Nina Simone, Ghanaian playwrights Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo, Afro-German actor Günther Kaufmann, to California-based performer Sylvester—Gaines explores how shared signs of racial legacy and resistance politics are articulated with regional distinction. Three distinguished scholars of performance studies offer responses to Gaines’s book, followed by formal remarks from Gaines.
Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, room 612
Facebook event page here. ** seating is limited and is on a first-come basis — doors open at 6 pm **
This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. For more information, please contact NYU CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.
Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Performance Studies.