Black Future Month 3016: 4th Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:30am to Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)
Exhibition runs til February 20 at Graduate Gallery and Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor)

With great anticipation, returning to OCAD University for the second year in a row, BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 is a part of BLACK FRACTALS, the 2016 Black History Month Program at OCAD U.

Presently in its fourth year, the Black Future Month 3016 Art Exhibition is the longest consecutive annual Black art exhibit in Toronto. The overarching theme of the fourth Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition is exploring the infinite ways of beings in the far-off distant future as envisioned by Black people over the spectrum of a 1000 years from now.

The exhibition serves as a professionally curated platform that consists of OCAD U students, alumni, staff and faculty along with selected artists from the Black community. This initiative was created in 2013 by OCAD U alumnus Danilo McCallum.

This year's exhibition will be spread between the Ada Slaight Gallery Space in 100 McCaul St. and the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond St. W., with another satellite location at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

This year's exhibition features work from OCAD U's very own Tennesha Skyers, Camille Lauren, Sheniece Cater, Nathan Vernon, Kadicha Foster, Aaron Jones, Quentin VerCetty, Alecia Doley, Danilo McCallum with additional works from BLACK KIRBY (Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, Buffalo, NY) Maliciouz Art (Montreal, QC), Kalkidan Assefa (Ottawa, ON), Jabari “Eliscer” Elliott, Yannick Anton, Mosa McNeilly (Guelph, ON), Wolf J. McFarlane, Anthony Gebrehiwot, OBUXUM, and Black Toronto 2116.

The event is being sponsored by the OCAD U Faculty of LAS/SIS, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Digital Futures Department, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Graduate Studies, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, Deluxo, PRIYOME Co, York United Black Student Association, African Studies Course Union, York Black Graduate Student Collective

BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 is considered one of the top events happening in the city for Black History Month!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor) & Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor)
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Black Fractals: Call & Response Conference

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 7:00pm to Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:00am

Lead Presenter: Black Future Month 3016
Partner: Onsite Gallery

Black Fractals is the official Black History Month program at OCAD University, celebrating the self-repeating spirit of creating and the ingenuity of people of African ancestry. This one of a kind conference is a FREE opportunity for community engagement for all ages to analyze how art can be used as a tool of activism, liberation, decolonization and community development.

2:00 p.m.: Workshop with Black Quantum Futurism
3:30 p.m.: THE ORBIT Afrofuturism Panel discussion
5:30 p.m.: Call of the Drums (drumming performance)
6:05 p.m.: Art presentation by Black Kirby Collective
7:00 p.m.: Keynote presentation by Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair
8:05 p.m.: Live performances featuring: Moor Mother Goddess, Zakisha Brown, Chop-Z and more

Vendors will be on site selling goods.
FREE meal provided by ChicPeas Vegetarian Cuisine.

Onsite Gallery is pleased to partner with Black Future Month 3016 to present this year’s Call & Response Conference, as part of their Onsite/Insight/Incite programming.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and exploratory platform for art, design and curatorial practice, aims to foster social and cultural transformation. Now is an exciting time for Onsite, as they are preparing to launch their new gallery location at 199 Richmond Street West, opening May 2017.

While Onsite is working towards the opening of their new purpose built gallery, the gallery is remaining active through Onsite/Insight/Incite, a series of programming convening cross-disciplinary conversations addressing how we can affect change with public spaces.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 190 (Auditorium)
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
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