Hapo Na Zamani (Black Arts Movement Past and Present)

Led by Black artists, activists, and intellectuals in the 1960s and 1970s, the Black Arts Movement helped to shape the ideologies of Black identity, political beliefs, and African American culture at that time and with impact that can still be felt today. Hapo Na Zamani reimagines a happening from that era for today, combining elements of painting, spoken word, music, movement, wonder, and surprise to blur the boundaries between life and art and invite attendees to not only witness but become a part of the art in action.

Hosted by Carl Hancock Rux with musical direction by Vernon Reid, the evening centers around a set of concerts by the Grammy Award-winning musician and a band of renegade musicians from Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber inspired by the greats of the Black Arts Movement and honoring the musical legacy of the late writer and intellectual Greg Tate. Before and after seated performance times, audiences are invited to engage with screenings of interdisciplinary artist Stefanie Batten Bland‘s film Kolonial, as well as other activations and installations featuring Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson, Nona Hendryx, Somi, Wunmi, Carrie Mae Weems, Dianne Smith, and other surprise guests.

Co-presented with Harlem Stage as part of their Black Arts Movement: Then and Now Conference, bringing elements of the past and present together to reflect, examine, and point to the full experience and legacy of this cultural movement.


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

Image: Kolonial by Stefanie Batten Bland (2021). Photo by Maria Baranova.

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May 20, 2023

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 7:00pm–10:30pm
Performances at 8:00pm and 9:30pm

Tickets: $35 (plus fees)

Ticket holders can experience the activations, installations, and screenings before or after their performance time and are encouraged to arrive early.

Various Spaces

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