“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”–Mae C. Jemison
Kellen Johnson describes the inspiration for the works he selected for the show.
“Liner Notes For The Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound” by Daphne A. Brooks is a brilliant work of scholarship. The artistry and genius of the Black women who made popular music into what it is today has been overlooked for too long. Feast on this wisdom from the introduction:
“Let us listen, then, to the sisters who were listening to each other and making big things out of what they heard, making new arrangements for living and curating entirely new sounds out of their encounters.”
“All art is the product of the entirety of an artist’s life, whether that art is biographical or confessional or neither.”– Jericho Brown in the introduction to a new edition of Claude McKay’s 1922 book of poetry, Harlem Shadows.