Enter the Multiverse: The Symbols and Visions of Afrofuturism
April 9@6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
$10 member | $20 non-member | $5 student
Join Li Sumpter, Ph.D., for an introduction to the multiverse of Afrofuturism. In conjunction with the surrealist works of Franz Jozef Ponstingl, Sumpter will examine the visual languages of this movement through the lens of art and media and consider critical perspectives on race and creative resistance. Who are some of the historical icons and emergent change agents connected to this field of creativity and study? What makes Afrofuturism both a black aesthetic and a tool for social change? Learn about the symbols and radical mythologies that artists and activists from across the African diaspora are imagining into reality in pursuit of brighter, blacker futures.
Li Sumpter, Ph.D., is an educator and multidisciplinary artist who applies strategies of worldbuilding and mythic design toward building better, more resilient communities of the future. Li received her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology in 2014 from Pacifica Graduate Unstitute. Her dissertation, “Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing Through Image in the Age of End Time,” examines visual patterns of apocalypse across media, natural, and speculative landscapes. Li has been an artist-in-residence with the Urban Ecology Arts Exchange at Haverford College, Leeway x NextFab Art + Technology Residency, and SWIM PONY’s TrailOff project. She is the recipient of the Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and various grants from the Puffin Foundation, Sundance Institute, and the Knight Foundation for her “Graffiti in the Grass” transmedia narrative and related projects. Li currently teaches curatorial studies and Afrofuturism at Moore College of Art and Design, the Barnes Foundation, and the Fleisher Art Memorial. Li is also the Founder/Director for the Escape Artist Initiative, a project of the Culture Trust of Philadelphia.
Image: Franz Jozef Ponstingl (1927-2004), Isotopes of Furniture, 1971. Oil on canvas. 36 x 52 inches. Collection of Amy and Eric Huck.