we may seek cosmic marronage but let’s remember our terrestrial obligations | 18th Street Arts Center’s Virtual Gala 2020
18th Street Arts Center presents its annual benefit event, a virtual evening of performance, video arts, and experimental film. Curated by Jheanelle Brown, the evening will present a series of future visions through the eyes of artists and filmmakers in a live virtual experience. The program includes:
7:00 pm – Live interactive ritual performance with Ulysses S. Jenkins*
7:30 pm – we may seek cosmic marronage but let’s remember our terrestrial obligations – a film program curated by Jheanelle Brown
8:30 pm – Curator Q&A with artists
Artists in the film program include: Kitoko Diva, Yétundé Olagbaju, Jamilah Sabur, Larry Achiampong, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Tabita Rezaire, and Nkechi Ebubedike.
The film program, curated by Jheanelle Brown, will feature a suite of emerging and established artists working in experimental film and video art. Brown’s curatorial framing centers around the question: “how can the future move beyond the intangible?” As she describes, “The past and the present have been and are an unending assault against Black being and thus looking past survival requires deep wells of emotional and intellectual capacity. Where are we safe? This question has led Black people to look towards the cosmos for an unknown salvation or to understand more deeply our origin. Whilst flight or cosmic marronage can facilitate our imaginative rigor, it is important to not abandon our terrestrial obligations.”
“The filmmakers herein present systems of knowledge that disrupt temporal convention, but are based in rigorous historical examination. The films and videos in this program deconstruct perceived truths and gesture towards the potential for remaking those truths in service of Black self-determination and a liberatory future.”
The program will kick off with an interactive performance created by Ulysses S. Jenkins just for this event, and will end with a live Zoom Q&A with curator Jheanelle Brown and several of the filmmakers who are participating in the screening.
Ticketholders in LA County will receive a selection of performance objects to be used in the interactive performance piece, as well as bespoke drinks by Muddle & Wilde and a dessert box by Southern Girls Dessert to be enjoyed at the screening. These will be hand-delivered on the day of the event. Ticketholders at higher levels will also receive an annual membership to the exclusive Borderless program, a new offering which includes live curated virtual experiences with artists and cutting-edge art spaces around the world.
The event will benefit 18th Street Arts Center’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance the resiliency of artists and working families during this unprecedented time. Through their Arts Learning Lab online workshops for families, community-engaged artist commissions, timely exhibitions, and artist professional development programs, the Center supports artists and community members to find connection, support, and resources through the arts to foster positive social change.