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Re: query regarding a new multimedia arts project

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JAMES H. SANDERS (jhsander)
Sun, 7 Jan 1996 23:51:21 -0500 (EST)

This sounds like a great project! I hope you'll include artists working
in "craft" media, and those expanding the traditions of ritual and
performance media (IE: Nicholas Cave in Chicagao, Joyce Scott in
Baltimore, Bing Davis in Wilberforce, Ohio). After just returning from
Paris and having been horified by the Picasso/African Art curatorial
oversights, I'd hope that the discourse in American Art History within
your project will do more than cover geographic regions, exploring the
rich and meaningful links to performance and ritual, contextualizing the
spiritual (esp. as reagards the urban experience of African Americans
working from the rich traditions of "craft" and their urban and
postmodernist positions on identity) which were overlooked or rendered
invisible in the French curatorial position. We are indeed fortunate to
embrace a global outlook and perspective in our postmodernist thinking
regarding culture in America (not in a Baudrillardian sense) but one which
interrogates the urban experience as a logical extention of the
agricultural metaphors of kidnapped Africans surviving in America in the
20th century.
Jim Sanders