By Sharon Obuobi
Studio Museum in Harlem presents The Shadows Took Shape, a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition which explores contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. The term “Afrofuturism” was created by writer Mark Dery in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future”. Rooted in the avant-garde musical stylings of sonic innovator Sun Ra, Afrofuturism is a creative and intellectual genre that emerged to explore science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, and pan-Africanism. Who was Sun Ra, and what was he about? Watch him introduce himself in a clip from the 1974 Space Is The Place.