AFRIFUTURI 02022020 ..+.. THE CAMO COAT COLLECTION LAUNCH - Sunday, Feb 2
****AFRIFUTURI 02022020 BOOK + CAMO COAT COLLECTION LAUNCH****
We’ve been waiting for it and now it’s finally here! The Camo Coat Collection and my monograph AFRIFUTURI 02022020 officially launch on 02.02.2020, the mystical numerological portal connected to my ongoing creative and spiritual relationship with the number “8.”
Event Tickets to RSVP
Get your ticket now to RSVP for the launch on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Blanc Gallery, 4445 South King Drive, Chicago in historic Bronzeville! One ticket per order*. I've set the price at $8 in keeping with the theme throughout the book and collection, and also am hoping that the lower ticket price will encourage you to purchase a copy of the book!
Buy now to hold your spot for this dynamic runway show which will feature: eight stunning models including Chicago- and New York-based artists/performers/scholars, wearing original capsule collection garments by Denenge Design with selected accessories by featured artist-friends; music mix by DJ Sadie Woods including excerpts from Denenge's Corpus Meum installation (Arts Club of Chicago) and Rapunzel Revisited soundscapes (MCA Chicago); a monograph book signing; and a short post-show conversation with eco-critic Dr. Chelsea Frazier of Ask An Amazon!
-Seating is first come, first served! Early arrival strongly encouraged. Reserved seating is available under specific circumstances; please contact me with any questions and I'll do my best to accommodate. Tickets are non-transferrable; attendee and ticket name must match.
-Please note that the launch is a professional event with specific choreography throughout the gallery interior and exterior; thus, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children under the age of 10. Children in attendance must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Thanks so much for your understanding!
AFRIFUTURI 02022020 monograph copies each with original custom hologram details (in collaboration with C. Alex Clark) will be available at the launch ($44). To reserve your copy ahead of time, select the monograph add-on here at Eventbrite check-out when purchasing your ticket. (Print-on-demand copies will be available via Lulu.com at $26 per copy.)
Limited Edition Velvet Box Copies
For libraries, collectors, and special collections interested in one of the eight limited edition boxed copies, please contact me directly via email for further details.
The capsule collection launches with my new (first) book on Afro-Futurism in the form of an artist’s monograph highlighting eight archetypal performance/costumes and eight selected writings on design, performance, costume, space, and ecologies representing a slice of my artistic contributions over the past 15 years in this field. The Osanyin Commemorative Portrait Series and The Camo Coat Collection are conceptual and applied Afro-Futurism projects begun in 2014 when I was an NEH Fellow for the Institute on Black Aesthetics and Sacred Systems. The collection is focused on protection—logistical and spiritual—in the urban landscape, inspired by Osanyin, the Yoruba orisa of healing, leaves, and the wisdom of nature, and referencing dazzle camouflage, its striped pattern bearing similarities to Tiv a'nger traditional textile from Nigeria; healing and thriving through ritual performance; and Afro-Futurist design practice in action. Many of the amazing cohort of scholars and practitioners are featured in the portrait series taken around Emory University campus at locations chosen by each person in a collaborative photographic process, collectively commemorating the historic convening. A series of leaf drawings I created during that fellowship have become the foundation of wall and textile prints used in the capsule collection along with Chicago-specific camo, tartan, and the Original Camo coat in class Woodland pattern.
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