American Realness

i am black (you have to be willing to not know)

Thomas F. DeFrantz

Sunday January 17, 11:00am

Abrons Arts Center, Room 201
466 Grand Street / FREE

The discourse of race in contemporary performance falls apart when whites try to understand black performance. Contemporary black performance is saturated with experience and complexities that evade easy affiliations or ‘knowings.’ This dialogic manifesto-lecture offers strategies for acknowledging how artists of color and their collaborating audiences of color operate in several keys simultaneously, but are inevitably compelled to reduce their work and experience to the unknowable, shameful category of ‘race.’