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Ubuntu Artist Exchange

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem 144 W 125th St New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

In celebrating Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival, The Studio Museum in Harlem is partnering with The Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg to present a weekend-long, artist-exchange program aimed at inciting a cross-cultural conversation. This special project will feature a public dialogue moderated by Tumelo Mosaka where artists Firelei Baez (NY), Jarrett Erasmus (SA), Sean Slemon (SA), and Xaviera Simmons (NY) will explore and discuss their practice in relation to Ubuntu philosophy, which emphasizes the importance of community and highlights the important role played by late Nelson Mandela in reconciling South Africa's political history with its goals of integration and inclusion. Additionally, our Education Department will present a special workshop entitled Mandela Monoprints in which families are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela through printing and personalizing drawstring backpacks with a Mandela portrait and unique, colorful designs. Dedicated to Mandela's legacy, UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa—which runs between October 10 and November 5, 2014 at Carnegie Hall—celebrates South Africa's vibrant musical culture, featuring performances by legendary trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela, world-renowned singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo, grammy Award-winning singer and activist Angélique Kidjo, and many more. Through our partnership with Bag Factory Artists Studios, we hope to broaden this dialogue to reflect the important role the visual arts have played in shaping this unique history. Our hope is that these important conversations will extend well beyond the length of the Ubuntu festival!