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Performance Art Examines History of the Black Aesthetic

In partnership with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Duquesne University's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts will present the second annual Black Aesthetics and Politics Conference on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.

This year, the conference takes the form of performance art in a series of vignettes titled A History of the Black Aesthetic, A Brief Sketch. Throughout the evening, different artists will interpret four periods of African-American arts: the 1600s-1920, 1930-1950, 1960-1970 and 1980-today. By mixing music, dance and poetry, the performers will bring to life the aesthetic period each era represents.

The featured artists are:

  • BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble, a DJ and musician
  • Gene Stovall, a Duquesne graduate, singer and guitarist
  • Kendra "Vie Boheme" Dennard, a member of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble
  • Luqmon A. Salaam, a hip-hop performance poet and playwright.

The event is $10 per person; tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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