IAAA’s mission continues to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond with a commitment to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies.
The CBVC, is a space for scholarly and artistic inquiry (framing and reframing) into the understanding and exploration of images focusing on black people globally with critical evaluation of images in multiple realms of culture, including how various archives and the development of visual technologies affect the construction of representations.
Hours of Content
Who We Are
The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) and Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University are both interdisciplinary spaces for students, faculty, post-doc fellows, artists, scholars and the general public.
The goals of IAAA & CBVC converge to promote and encourage collaborative research projects, experimental learning and open spaces to the larger community for broad and thematic discussions through various, diverse and dynamic public programming and initiatives by way of conferences, lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, readings, performances, visiting scholars, artist residencies and publications.
Schedule of Events
Fall 2022 Highlights
The History of Black Miami-Dade: rendering black, queer, and elder populations visible – a lecture by Nadege Green, Distinguished Writer/Community Activist-in-Residence, Fall 2022
DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2022
LOCATION: 20 Cooper Square, Second Floor New York, NY 10003
DATE: Monday, October 24th, 2022
LOCATION: WNYC’s The GreeneSpace – 44 Charlton Street New York, NY 10014
DATE: Tuesday, October 12, 2022
LOCATION: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10030
I Am Sparkling: N.V. Parekh and His Portrait Studio Clients: Mombasa, Kenya, 1940–1980 – Isolde Brielmaier in conversation with Aruna D’Souza
DATE: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
People are Saying
I love Black Futures, it is so alive and right now….I am nodding so much because of this wonderful living handheld exhibit that I don’t have to use electricity to use!”
I remember having a conversation with a friend about how our grandparents kept the plastic on their couches. Exploring these practices and perhaps how social class informs behavior across cultures is so interesting.
A Brooklyn-born multidisciplinary artist specializing in image-making. Her inspiration comes from the intimacies of her West Indian heritage in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Her work has graced the cover of Marie Claire Magazine, Vogue.com, Barneys New York and Converse Soho. All by the age of 19, she photographed Simone Biles and Sha’Carri Richardson for Vogue, the cover of Hannah Jadagu’s latest single, and a zine for AFROPUNK. Her leadership and professionalism in school, extracurriculars, and the workplace have been recognized widely: Matthew Mazuccca, ex-Creative Director of Barneys New York, characterized her as "15 going on 35" at the time of her interview and collaboration with Barneys New York. Stephanie is now a sophomore at NYU Tisch studying Photography and Imaging with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship.
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Eric Hart Jr.
DPI Senior, Eric Hart Jr. is a portrait photographer exploring shifting identities within Black culture. His visual language is influenced by the nuances of intersectionality. From masculinity, queerness, to dress, his work displays people like himself in all of their power and beauty. Hart’s work has been published in publications such as Rolling Stone, Washington Post, and i-D Magazine, as well as praised by artists such as Beyoncé and Spike Lee. Hart is a two-time Gordon Parks scholar and in 2020 was named one of Men’s Health Magazine’s 20-year-old mavericks changing America.
On Our Radar
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On the Union Square Public Art Installation feat. Busts of John Lewis, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd
On Thursday, a trio of statues was unveiled in Union Square, depicting civil rights leader John Lewis, and...
John Akomfrah: Five Murmurations on view at Lisson Gallery in NYC until October 16, 2021
Since March 2020, the London-based artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah has been working on the longest continuous-running project of his...
NYU Tisch Alum, Tyler Mitchell, has two exhibits on view at Jack Shainman Gallery NYC until October 30, 2021
Opening reception for the exhibitions: Thursday, September 9th, from 6-8 PM at both gallery spaces. Jack Shainman Gallery is thrilled to...