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Old Black Magic Exhibition and Performance

  • Chicago Art Department 1932 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL, 60608 United States (map)

Old Black Magic is an exploration of blackness through visual art, photography, film, performance art, poetry, dance and music.

Exhibition Statement:

Ella Fitzgerald sings in the popular song “Old Black Magic,” That old black magic has me in its spell / That old black magic that you weave so well.” The song, which inspired the title of the show, may be about a beguiling lover, but the essence is truth. Old Black Magic is a love song for blackness. It is a documentation of our histories and the stories we wish to tell, the stories that are silenced and need to be told and explored to better understand our place in the world. It is an examination of whether or not this world is for us, and what world we wish to create. Old Black Magic is an exploration of how to exist in that world. Old Black Magic is about the invincible. If art is a reflection of the times, we reflect, grow and glow. Be the magic you wish to see in the world. Be Black. Be Magic.

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