When: Wed., April 11, 12-1:30 p.m. 2018
The Black Aesthetic is a collective of artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers based in Oakland who curate a multidimensional understanding of Black visual culture. They pose the question, “What is the Black aesthetic sensibility and what does it look like to you?” Offering film screenings, moderating discussions, and publishing books about Black film and culture, they ask audiences to consider their relationship to Black art. The creative organization also aims to support a network of Black artists and to develop a community engaged in this topic, which they consider to be especially crucial as gentrification displaces many of them. As part of Arts + Design Wednesdays, a public lecture series, members of the Black Aesthetic — Jamal Batts, Ryanaustin Dennis, Malika “Ra” Imhotep, Zoé Samudzi, and Leila Weefur — will speak at BAMPFA.