Antagonisms: A Gathering

How do we process conflicts and friction amongst close allies? And in discussion and debate, are antagonism and disagreement crucial to creating revolutionary transformation? These questions serve as the starting point for this gathering of artists, performers, scholars, and theorists in an evocative examination of the poetics of disagreement.

Led by playwright and poet Claudia Rankine, this symposium is punctuated with performances, panels, investigations of group dynamics, as well as imagined conversations between revolutionary thinkers. Participants include renowned postcolonial theorist Homi Bhabha, acclaimed cultural historian Saidiya V. Hartman, and choreographer Shamel Pitts | TRIBE.

1:00pm: [Essence of] Touch of RED
Board of Officers Room
Dance duet choreographed by 2024 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, performed by Shamel Pitts and Tushrik Fredericks.

2:30pm: A Livable World: The Revolutionary Hopes of Audre Lorde and James Baldwin
Veterans Room
An introduction by Claudia Rankine, Tavia Nyong’o, and Helga Davis, followed by a reading of an excerpt of A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde, as adapted by Claudia Rankine, read by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Russell G. Jones. A panel discussion with alexis pauline gumbs and Robert Reid-Pharr will follow.

3:45pm: Writing, Form, and Black Life
Veterans Room
A reading of an excerpt of Dionne Brand‘s A Map to the Door of No Return, as adapted to the stage by Jaye Austin Williams, read by Jaye Austin Williams, Oge Agulué, and Kineta Kunutu. A panel discussion with Saidiya V. Hartman, Dionne Brand, and Christina Sharpe will follow.

5:00pm: Listening for Silence
Veterans Room
Panel discussion with Homi Bhabha and Anna Deavere Smith.

6:00pm: Reception
North Hallway


Making Space at the Armory is supported, in part, with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: © The Adeboye Brothers

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