Ebony Escapes! into September

Lysa Allman-Badwin | 8/29/2013, 10:48 a.m. | Updated on 8/29/2013, 10:48 a.m.
I’m in complete denial that it is September! How can the year go by so fast? Well, whether I like ...

I’m in complete denial that it is September! How can the year go by so fast? Well, whether I like it or not, time does move on, but that doesn’t mean that I have to miss out on all of the fantastic events, exhibits, travel, festivals and more happening all around the country and beyond.

Ongoing events

Through Sept. 16: National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, Ga.)

  • The National Black Arts Festival is “one of the premier national and international presenters of the art, music and culture of people of African descent,” with a mission “to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression.” The founding organization accomplishes this through year-round programming, education and public programs and a summer festival. The summer festival features a variety of activities, including a gala, an international marketplace, children’s education village, classic films, dance, visual arts and artists’ receptions, and numerous musical performances by local and international talent. 404-730-7315, http://nbaf.org/2013events

Through Oct. 20: “Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive” (Los Angeles)

  • Regarded as one of the foremost contemporary artists in Cuba and the Caribbean, Manuel Mendive “began his career in the early 1960s during a period when dominant Cuban abstract expressionism was waning, which paved new ground by moving beyond the reliance on mainstream Western art forms such as cubism and surrealism.”
  • Now through Oct. 20, the California African American Museum will present the exhibition, “Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive.” The exhibition—highlighted by drawings, paintings, sculptures and performances from the early 1960s to the present, giving special focus to discrete themes common across his work, including religion, nationalism and memory—features the 50-year career of this prominent Afro-Cuban artist, and is the first of its kind in the U.S. to focus exclusively on the contemporary visual and material culture of the Afro-Cuban religion, Santería.
  • Other events associated with the exhibition include “Black and Cuba,” a documentary following minority students who traveled from the Ivy League halls of Harvard University to Cuba.

Through Dec. 29" “Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward” (Birmingham, Ala.)

  • The work of several of the world’s finest contemporary artists including Theaster Gates, Hank Willis Thomas, Dawoud Bey, Jefferson Pinder and Shinique Smith will be among the highlights of an unprecedented series of projects that uses contemporary art to tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement in “Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward.” Presented at the Birmingham Museum Art, the projects are in commemoration of the nearly 50 years that have passed since a bomb blast ripped through the walls of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four innocent little girls as well as two boys in the resulting violence later that day. 205-254-2565, http://artsbma.org/artspeaks
  • “Etched in Collective History” runs Aug. 18-Nov. 17.
  • “Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project” runs Sept. 8-Dec. 2.
  • “Question Bridge: Black Males” runs Oct. 6-Dec. 29.

Current Events

Through Nov. 10