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Autor: KaM©

~ 09/10/10

Is it me? Am I not getting the picture? Why is it that every cultural institution in America namely the ones in the title of this article showcase art & artifacts by caucasian people solely as if African Americans don’t exsist or posess the same ability of artistic creative expression? Sure there are a few that have risen to the presteige of being exhibited in galleries and museums but most of them posthumously and they never really saw any personal success while they lived.And yet the artifacts of our ancestors from Egypt,the bush of Africa,Native America,Austraila,Oceana and god knows where else is kept quite vividly on display in museums around the world.
It seems that there is some kind of disconnect between the ancient African people and modern post slave African Americans that nobody wants to address.
I agree that education or lack thereof plays a big part in this phenomenon after all, African Americans were not able to freely express themselves legally until 1863 and probably were not exposed to art until fifty years after that.
So there’s quite a bit of a head start as far as culture is concerned but we live in a technological enviorment and are exposed to the same information as everyone else now so, there’s really no excuse unless you want to argue about subject matter aesthetics and tastes which are personal choices.I often wonder from a anthropological standpoint that if African Americans were to somehow become extinct today,what would be left behind for future cultures to examine and study about us? What kind of artifacts will be on display to represent our culture?We already got the singing & dancing and music down packed but there’s much more.
Let us here from Dr.Cornell West who in this video explains how important art and the arts are to our very nature as a society and then,you tell me what time it is…O.K.

6 Comments »

  1. good looking out. people of african descent around the globe must unite in rejecting fear and oppression of ideas and creative expression. freedom = art. we must overcome our collective obstacles (economic, health, sociopolitical) and leave our mark on humanity because god created us for a specific purpose.

    Comment by tinkerbell — October 11, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  2. i love to visit art galleries both home and abroad, art has been my life:`,

    Comment by Cold Remedies : — October 26, 2010 @ 10:13 am

  3. Hola,
    Todo dinбmica y muy positiva! 🙂
    Gracias

    Ilias

    Comment by Ilias — October 28, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

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  5. We got 28 days people so be on your best behavior. I’m not trying to go back to Congo Square anytime soon.

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