“Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality. We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future.”
-- José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia
Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer whose films and installations address the collision of identities. Often combing personal ethnography and cultural representations of beauty in her work, Owusu transitions between avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition. Her work ranges with its varied use of archival material, direct animation, and staged scenes to examine the construction of historical memory and cultural identity. Her solo exhibition will present for the first time together the three works that comprise her “hair trilogy”–adapted for a full-room installation.
A collaborative pop-up between Material Life and Mickalene Thomas, Femmes Féroces celebrates the creativity and originality of our collective community of femmes noires—who, borrowing from the 100 Black Females Project, we define as “…all who express and identify themselves as a woman, girl, femme, female, trans, queen on any day or all days,” according to Chandra Williams. Through an immersive installation designed to welcome and empower all visitors, Femmes Féroces will honor a group of pioneering women in film, fashion, music, performance, and activism who inspire us with their fierce beauty and tenacious fearlessness in forging remarkable careers and enduring legacies.
In 2009, New Orleans Airlift was founded by musician and artist manager Jay Pennington and multi-media installation artist
Delaney Martin as an artist-driven collaborative initiative to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities
through education and the creation of experimental public artworks in the city of New Orleans and across the globe. In
honor of New Orleans Airlift’s tenth anniversary, the CAC presents the installation From New Water Music, which includes
remaindered materials and excerpted sound recordings from Airlift’s April 8, 2017 performance, New Water Music.