This timely and gorgeously illustrated companion book to an upcoming Smithsonian exhibition explores the power of Afrofuturism to reclaim the past and reimagine Black futuresAfrofuturism: A History of Black Futures explores the evolving and exhilarating concept of Afrofuturism, a lens used to imagine a more empowering future for the Black community through music, art, and speculative fiction. Sumptuous, beautifully designed spreads feature 100 gorgeous illustrations of objects and images that reflect Black identity, agency, creativity, and hope, including: T'Challa's suit from Black Panther, Octavia Butler's typewriter, Uhura's outfit from Star Trek, Sun Ra's space harp, costumes from Broadway's The Wiz, handwritten lyrics by Jimi Hendrix, and Janelle Monae's ArchAndroid dress.
Afrofuturism offers a framework of radical potential to envision Black liberation and alternatives to oppressive structures like white supremacy. Afrofuturism comes at a time of increasing visibility for the concept, both in scholarship and in pop culture, and is a compelling ode to the revolutionary power of Black imagination.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.
Kevin Strait is a museum curator who has worked on the permanent exhibitions Musical Crossroads and the Power of Place," as well as leading the Afrofuturism exhibition.
Kinshasha Holman Conwill is deputy director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- Publisher: Smithsonian Books (March 21, 2023)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- ISBN-10: 1588347400
- ISBN-13: 9781588347404
- Item Weight: 1.25 pounds