The Music Was Our Weapon: Artistic Responses to Crime and Punishment in Harlem and the Bronx (1965-1985)
Dreams and Defiance: A World Re-Imagined, is an interactive program series and upcoming exhibition that explores the complicated links between social music and dance forms practiced in the Andalusia region of Southern Spain, Africa (Notably North, West and Central Africa) and throughout the Americas. Notably, the project emphasizes the cultural fusion of Muslim, Sephardic, Roma and North African cultures of Andalusia, vast multi-ethnic landscape of Africa and the Americas, and ways temporary celebrations, in the midst of unprecedented violence, influenced, and continue to influence the social music and dance practices of creolized cultures of the Americas. The work addresses the cultural exchange as a complicated, contested, ongoing process negotiated in expressive cultural practices.
The latest installment of thebrown bag series speaks to the art, activism, sexuality and public scholarship integral to the forthcoming innovative program series and exhibition. These informal discussions at the NYU Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies seek to share innovative new scholarship that blurs the lines between academic and public work.
This brown bag series is curated by Derrick León Washington.
Dreams and Defiance: A World Re-Imagined brown bag series is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY