Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures explores the evolving and exhilarating concept of Afrofuturism, a lens used to imagine a more empowering future for the Black community through music, art, and speculative fiction. Sumptuous, beautifully designed spreads feature 100 gorgeous illustrations of objects and images that reflect Black identity, agency, creativity, and hope, including: T'Challa's suit from Black Panther, Octavia Butler's typewriter, Uhura's outfit from Star Trek, Sun Ra's space harp, costumes from Broadway's The Wiz, handwritten lyrics by Jimi Hendrix, and Janelle Monae's ArchAndroid dress.
This gorgeously illustrated work is a timely companion book to the upcoming Smithsonian exhibition exploring the power of Afrofuturism to reclaim the past and reimagine Black futures.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.
Its newest exhibition, Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures, explores the past, present, and future of this dynamic concept that features the various people, unique themes and radical artistry that have given voice to it.
- Book signed by Kevin M. Strait and Kinshasha Holman Conwill
- 208 pages
- 100 color photos
- 11" x 8.25"
- Edited by Kevin M. Strait (Musuem Curator) and Kinshasha Holman Conwill (Deputy Director Emerita of the National Museum of African American History and Culture)