Curating the End of the World: Red Spring

Launches October 2020

Curating the End of the World: Red Spring

 

Organizer Reynaldo Anderson, and curators Sheree Renée Thomas, Danielle L. Littlefield, and Dacia Polk with the Black Speculative Arts Movement, return to Live Arts with an online exhibition titled Red Spring; a follow up to their acclaimed group show Curating the End Of The World from earlier this year. On Red Spring, Sheree Renée Thomas says “In our first online exhibition, ‘Curating the End of the World,’ we spoke out about the “cyclical chaos” surrounding black lives, black art, black futures. But out of chaos, comes clarity, renewed strength and vision. ‘Red Spring’ explores the circular nature of systemic racism and the public policies—public safety, health, and wealth—that adversely impact black and indigenous communities.” 


The BLACK SPECULATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT, aka BSAM, emerged in the wake of the Unveiling Visions: Alchemy of The Black Imagination exhibition curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg library in New York, 2015.  BSAM is a network of creatives, intellectuals, and artists representing different positions or basis of inquiry including: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African Centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics. BSAM L.L.C., founded by Reynaldo Anderson is a yearlong, traveling afrofuturism, comics, film, and art convention held at multiple universities, colleges, domestically and venues abroad.

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as an Associate Professor of Communication at Harris-Stowe State University in Saint Louis Missouri and is an executive board member of the Missouri Arts Council. Reynaldo has earned several awards for leadership and teaching excellence and he is currently the Past Chair of the Black Caucus of the National Communication Association (NCA). Reynaldo has not only served as an executive board member of the Missouri Arts Council, he has previously served at an international level working for prison reform with C.U.R.E. International in Douala Cameroon, and as a development ambassador recently assisting in the completion of a library project for the Sekyere Afram Plains district in the country of Ghana. Reynaldo publishes extensively in the area of Afrofuturism, communication studies, and the African diaspora experience. Reynaldo is currently the executive director and co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM), a network of artists, curators, intellectuals and activists. Finally, he is the co-editor of the book Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness published by Lexington books, co-editor of Cosmic Underground: A Grimoire of Black Speculative Discontent published by Cedar Grove Publishing and The Black Speculative Art Movement: Black Futurity, Art+Design (Lexington books, 2019), as well as the co-editor of Black Lives, Black Politics, Black Futures, a special issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.