ABOUT TOWN: Afropunk’s “Triptych” Premiere — May 24, 2012

Afropunk unveils inspiring looks into the lives of three dynamic visual artists


It’s worth taking a minute to commend Afropunk and Weeksville Heritage Center on Triptych, their new documentary series that profiles all-kinds-of-awesome visual art talent.  The three pieces–focusing on Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne–do a great job of humanizing these artists. What I mean is that the films take you inside their lives, and give you a better sense of them as people.  It situates all of them in a history, with families.  Basically, with context, so you’re not just left looking at these three as these geniuses who showed up out of nowhere.  If you get a chance, please see it.

Post-screening, WBAI host and playwright Esther Armah was an excellent moderator for a discussion with the subjects of the docs, plus director Terence Nance.  Shout outs, too, to director of photography Shawn Peters for his excellent lensing.  After the discussion, there was a nice hang in the Brooklyn Museum’s lobby.  Some pics here:

Fishbone’s Angelo Moore kicks things off with a rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice”

Post-screening discussion (l to r): Terence Nance, Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, Barron Claiborne, Esther Armah

Designer Don Franklin and Triptych director of photography Shawn Peters

MoCADA’s Shante’ Cozier

Guillermo Brown and Gordon Voidwell

Afropunk’s Matthew Morgan and Wangechi Mutu

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