Black History Month in Dallas is teeming with celebrations of black culture, expressive art, and remembrance of history. The Texas Woman’s University Art Gallery is putting on several shows featuring works by Kathleen Collins, Michelle Gibson, T Vasquez
, and Montoya Williams. These artists have captured their experiences through mediums like dance, photography, film, imagery , and poetry.
Montoya Williams from Dallas
, will be bringing the concept art of Afrofuturism , to TWU Denton campus , and can now be seen in the Visual Arts Building on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 5 to P.M.
ArtNews DFW reports on Montoya,
“Blood Memory is an exhibit that emphasizes Montoya’s personal subjectivity to growth and the decolonization of her own identity. Using Afrofuturism as a backdrop, this series is about exploring a black femme identity before and beyond intergenerational trauma. The actions of remembrance and exploration are the mechanisms that Montoya refers to as Blood Memory.”
To convey a better understanding of Afrofuturism, the online Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “a movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture.”
The New York Times dubbed it “The New Generation (of art)” in 2016. Since then and before, many artists such as Solange Knowles, Rihanna, and Beyoncé have expressed Afrofuturism in their performance art. The Times also named individual performances that fall under the definition of the movement. They poetically describe it as,
“’Afrofuturism-‘ a social, political and cultural genre that projects black space voyagers, warriors and their heroic like into a fantasy landscape, one that has long been the province of their mostly white counterparts.”
To learn more about Afrofuturism,
come to the Visual Arts Building on Denton TWU campus and take part in a cosmic
celebration of black history.