Mequitta Ahuja

New Myths in Black and Indigenous Art and Film

Thursdays on March 25th, April 1st, April 8th, and April 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Zoom address will be emailed upon registration
$50/$35 for PAFA Members or $20 per class/$15 for Members

In this 4-week course, mythologist and multidisciplinary artist Dr. Li Sumpter offers a breakdown of the Heroine’s Journey model evident in aesthetic and archetypal patterns in contemporary art and film narratives. The class will explore the journey through works from Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale and select films featuring female protagonists of African and indigenous descent inspired by the exhibition.

Mythic language is employed in the creation of art and cinema with the intent to engage and impact viewers in timeless and timely ways. Myth gives rise to transformative visual stories that resonate deeply through the power of archetype and symbol.

But when it comes to mythology, there are no new myths—only different characters, fresh aesthetics and new platforms. Whether they realize it or not, contemporary artists and filmmakers are revitalizing old images and reimagining old stories that have endured for millennia.

 

Important Note: To help accommodate diverse schedules, individual class sessions will be recorded and made available to class participants for a week after each class takes place.


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Thursday March 25
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Thursday March 25
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
What are the major milestones of the Heroine’s Journey? How does the path of the female protagonist differ from the classic male hero? This week’s class will focus on comparisons between these narrative structures, noting the symbols and aesthetics that typically define a young heroine’s road to becoming her highest self.
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Thursday April 1
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Who are some of the female characters of African and indigenous descent populating contemporary art and film today? What is their motivation and message to the world? This week’s class will zoom in on the characters found in the visual narratives of select works from PAFA’s collection.
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Thursday April 8
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Who are some of the female characters of African and indigenous descent populating contemporary art and film today? What is their motivation and message to the world? This week’s class will zoom in on the characters found in the visual narratives of select works from PAFA’s collection.
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Thursday April 15
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cultural myths originating from a certain time, place and people speak to that people’s unique experience in the world. Could the same be said about the art and film of the current era? Does a visual vernacular exist among contemporary artists and filmmakers representing young girls on the journey to becoming their best, authentic selves? This final class explores possibilities both promising and problematic when it comes to codifying culture and following old patterns that don’t always connect.
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Event registration summary
New Myths in Black and Indigenous Art and Film:
PAFA Member
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$35.00
General Admission
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$50.00
WEEK 1: Rites of Passage: New Hero(ine), Same Journey:
General Admission
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$20.00
PAFA Member
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$15.00
WEEK 2: Feminine Archetypes and Aesthetics, Part 1:
PAFA Member
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$15.00
General Admission
0
$20.00
WEEK 3: Feminine Archetypes and Aesthetics, Part 2:
PAFA Member
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$15.00
General Admission
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$20.00
Week 4: Feminine Paths to Becoming: A Visual Vernacular:
General Admission
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$20.00
PAFA Members
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$15.00
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