24.3 Triple Consciousness, Diasporic Art in the American Context

24.3 Triple Consciousness, Diasporic Art in the American Context

24.3 Triple Consciousness, Diasporic Art in the American Context

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Sweeping changes in communications and global mobility have altered the definitions around race and culture in ways W.E.B. Du Bois could scarcely have imagined over a century ago.  Upon publication of his landmark treatise The Souls of Black Folk, 1903, the central question of consciousness was how the native-born black American would integrate two conflicting experiences of the world - "Negro" and "American" - in a hostile enviroment.  today, the volume of immigration from Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere means that new stories are being integrated into the American paradigm.  These stories are not formed by the United States' specific history of chattel slavery and Jim Crow segregation.  Rather, a third element is brought to bear, which complicates and enriches what it means to be black in America.


A Preview of Upcoming Shows by Kristin Juarez

Op-Ed: The Harmful Consequences of Postblack by Eddie Chambers

Akosua Adoma Owusu: Exploring "Threeness" by Erica Agyeman

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Identity Could Be a Tragedy

Ebony Patterson: Dancehall's Body Politic by Jamillah James

Paul Anthony Smith: Identity Inside Out by Jody B. Cutler

Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Israel by Jacqueline Francis

Kara Walker: Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! by Wendy Koenig

LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital by Jody B. Cutler

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey by Elizabeth Perrill

Somos Humanos/We Are Human and Red State Blues by Kristin Juarez

Lois Mailou Jones: Works from Every Stage of the Pioneering Black Woman Artist's Career by Martina Tanga

David Hartt: Stray Light by Christopher Howard

The Positioning of Africanness in Contemporary Art Biennales by Kinsey Katchka


Articles cover artists from the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere producing work in or about the US: Massa Lemu, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Awol Arizku, and others. The cover art is from Ebony Patterson's series on the practice of face bleaching by young black men in Jamaican dancehall culture. A article on the series is featured in the isuse. Also: Essays on double/triple consciousness in performance, Venice Bienale's first ever Nigerian and Côte d'Ivorian pavilions, African cultural retentions in Central American art, and being a writer in an age beyond nationalities.


Artist include: Ebony G. Patterson, Paul Anthony Smith, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Wadsworth Jarrell, Romare Bearden, Whitfield Lovell, Theaster Gates, Jennie C. Jones, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Hank Willis Thomas, Lubaina Himid, Debra Priestly, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Zachary Fabri, Toyin Odutola, Jems Koko Bi, Tamsir Dia, Franck Fanny, Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Jose Torres-Tama, John Northrop, Lois Mailou Jones, David Hartt