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.
The New York University Archives is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition.
1923: Public Domain in the University Archive
The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Reading Room, Bobst Library
Now – May 22, 2019 Free and open to the public* during reading room hours.
Prepared by ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow, Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, with assistance from graduate student, Lingyu Wang, features materials from collections held at the New York University Archives.
To commemorate the first release of works into the public domain since 1998, this exhibition examines works in the collection that recently moved into the public domain and their relationship to the greater University community.
The exhibition features an interactive component and users are encouraged to share their “remixes” using the hashtag, #NYUpublicdomain.
To learn more about copyright laws check out the Copyright Research Guide created by NYU’s Scholarly Communication Librarian, April Hathcock.
The Unflinching Eye:
The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz
Mamdouha Bobst Gallery | July 12th – October 11, 2018 (Extended)
Free and open daily to the public until 11 pm
The Unflinching Eye utilizes archival material to contextualize Wojnarowicz’s creative practice. Selected almost entirely from the David Wojnarowicz Papers, housed in NYU’s Fales Library, the exhibition seeks to analyze the images, ideas, and relationships that informed the artist’s work across media including painting, photography, installation, performance, and writing.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6PM-8PM
NYU is grateful to the Keith Haring Foundation for its support of The Unflinching Eye.
THE MAMDOUHA BOBST GALLERY
70 Washington Square South | New York | NY | 10012
On Tuesday, May 28th, the second floor of Bobst Library will be closed for renovation. Please use the elevators to access floors 3-10. There will be no stair or elevator access to the 2nd floor.
A New Center for Special Collections
Over the next two years, floors 2 and 3 of Bobst Library will be renovated to create a new center for Special Collections. The new space will include a Special Collections reading room, classrooms, and galleries. A redefined North Reading Room for students and researchers will double as event space. Renovation work on floor 3 will take place in 2019-2020.
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.