Anthony Reed Black Maybe: Notes on Black Writing, Aesthetics, and Value
Wednesday, April 3 at 6PM
Fales Library Reading Room
Bobst Library • 3rd Floor
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
The re-emergent debates around race and the avant-garde rhyme with, or serve as proxy for, similarly re-emergent debates about the relationship between class and race, on the one hand, and the status of mass media on the other. In both sets of arguments the value of experience is at stake, and partisan arguments on all sides tend to re-stage the fundamental terms of the supposed antagonism without either historicizing it or asking what work the idea of an opposition does in the present. Whatever the limits of Kenneth Warren’s polemical (and problematic) claim that the conditions for a distinct African American literature have passed, it sounds an important critical call to reconsider the politics of so-called “identity politics” as well as the supposed “politics of form.”
Starting from the premise that new discursive and representational horizons are at stake for contemporary black writers, this lecture wades into that debate by proposing that in the apparent documentary or archival turn among such writers as Tyehimba Jess, Claudia Rankine, Robin Coste Lewis, and others amounts to the emergence of a new aesthetic formation that can help us think about the possibilities of a political art in the present.
Anthony Reed is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University. His 2014 Freedom Time: The Politics and Poetics of Black Experimental Writing won the MLA’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize. He is currently finishing a book that examines the recorded collaborations between poets and musicians during and after the Black Arts era through the interrelated transformations of media, aesthetic, and politics. He is also currently working on a project concerned with poetry in the context of the fall of South African apartheid and the rise of the neoliberal state.
The Fales Lecture is co-sponsored annually by NYU Special Collections and the English Department. Established and sustained by a gift from Haliburton Fales, 2nd (1919-2015), the lecture explores historical, current, and emerging themes in English and American literature.
To mark the closing of The Unflinching Eye, NYU’s Nicholas Martin welcomes Whitney curator David Kiehl, PPOW Co-founder Wendy Olsoff, and NYU Contributing Curator Hugh Ryan for a reflection on these disparate exhibitions, how they complement and contrast with one another, and how the events of this summer reflect and build upon Wojnarowicz’s legacy here in New York and the world over.
Panel discussion 6:30-8:00. Reception to follow. R.S.V.P
The Unflinching Eye:
The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz
Now through October 11th, 2018 Free and open daily to the public until 11 pm
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Please join NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections, the Steinhardt Department of Nutrition & Food Studies, and Clark Wolf for:
The Lasting Impact of Gay Men on Food:
James Beard, Richard Olney, and Craig Claiborne at least . . .
This panel discussion moderated by Clark Wolf, a food and restaurant consultant, will feature panelists:
John Birdsall, Writer & Beard Award Recipient ’14, ’16
Mitchell Davis (STEINHARDT ’09), Executive VP, James Beard Foundation
Krishnendu Ray, Chair, NYU’s Department of Nutrition & Food Studies
Mayukh Sen, Staff Writer, MUCHIES, Vice Media
Lukas Volger, Editorial Director, Jarry Magazine
Marvin Taylor, Director of Fales Library & Special Collections, had this to say:
I’m happy to announce that over 600 videos from the Gay Cable Network, the longest running LGBTQ cable network, are now streaming via a finding aid from the Fales Library web page.
This collection is the most important documentation of LGBTQ activism, culture, entertainment, and history in existence. GCN operated from from 1982-2001. Especially important is their coverage of the AIDS pandemic. They were the first news show to talk about the disease.
I’d like to thanks Brent Phillips, Carol Kassel and all the other Fales and DLTS staff who helped make this material available.