“Futura Noir”, is a panel experience that delves into the history, challenges, and future of Black contemporary art. Following a live performance by singer-songwriter Samira Gibson, guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails and conversation with emerging black creatives and curators. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience a walking tour of the curated Black History Month art collection at Oscar.
The evening is presented to you by Melanin @Oscar to celebrate Black History Month in partnership with The Culture LP. Co-curator, Michael Tonge (Sr. Marketing Manager, Brooklyn Museum) created #FuturaNoir because most of February’s festivities and social media campaigns tend to focus on the same figures in Black History. Although a culture cannot progress without examining its past, Futura Noir is an opportunity to look back while shedding light on the black artists and changemakers of the future.
Originally unveiled in February 2016, Futura Noir originally featured visual artists Imani Shanklin Roberts, Ronald Draper, and Daniel Hibbert. The title is a meld of Spanish and French as a nod to the global impact and influences of Black culture. Additionally, the name serves as a pun of sorts in its loose translation to “dark future.” We’re bringing them all back, plus visual artist Patrick Eugene and curator Ashley James to expand the discussion on blackness and creativity.