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Avant Garde Africa: Manthia Diawara

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Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

40 Arts Circle Drive

Evanston, IL 60208

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In conjunction with the screening of Malian filmmaker, art historian, and cultural theorist Manthia Diawara’s An Opera of the World, join us as we launch the first program in “Avant Garde Africa”—a programmatic series exploring the practices of African art makers, critics, and scholars whose work implodes expectations for “African art.” As practitioner and scholar, Diawara will reflect on issues that intersect with artistic practices in Africa and its extended diaspora today, followed by conversation with Performance Studies Professor D. Soyini Madison.


This two-night event includes the Wednesday, February 6 film screening of Diawara’s An Opera of the World (2017) 7PM.

Presented by The Block Museum in partnership with the Program of African Studies



About Manthia Diawara

A native of Mali, Manthia Diawara collaborated with Ngugi wa Thiong'o in making the documentary Sembene Ousmane: The Making of the African Cinema. Most recently he directed Who’s Afraid of Ngugi?, Bamako Sigi-ikan, Conakry Kas, Diaspora Conversations, and In Search of Africa. Director of NYU’s Institute of Afro-American Affairs and Director of the Africana Studies Program, he is the author of We Won't Budge: An African Exile in the World (2003), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), and In Search of Africa (1998). He has published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora.

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