Media advisory: As part of Black History Month, SLAM will show ‘The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975’ and ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

By | January 30, 2018

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 30, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum will mark Black History Month with a variety of programming next month, including two film screenings and free gallery talks highlighting African art.

The museum will screen “The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975” on Saturday, Feb. 24 and “I Am Not Your Negro” on Sunday, Feb. 25. The 2 pm screenings are $5, or free for museum members. Tickets can be obtained in person at the museum, or through MetroTix, which charges a service charge. Same-day tickets, if available, can be obtained only at the museum.

With contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fueled an era of convulsive change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mixtape format, the film is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.

I Am Not Your Negro” envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

The museum also will celebrate Black History Month with free gallery talks devoted to art by African-American artists and African art. Nichole N. Bridges, associate curator of African art, will discuss “Curator’s Choice: African Art on View” on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 11 am and again on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 pm. Jade Powers, the museum’s Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow, will discuss “Beautiful Utility: An Appreciation for Aesthetics” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 11 am and on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 pm.

Space for gallery talks is limited; please arrive early. Talks start at 11 am on select Thursdays and repeat at 6 pm on the following Fridays. Meet at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org