Live online via BAM:
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 PM
Hanif Abdurraqib presents A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance
In conversation with Wesley Morris
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib—recently announced as a guest Curator-at-Large at BAM—celebrates the launch of his new book A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, a profound reflection on how Black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. Whether it’s Merry Clayton singing in “Gimme Shelter,” a schoolyard fistfight, or a dance marathon, Abdurraqib delves into the poignancy of performances big and small. His work has layers of resonance in Black and white cultures, the politics of American empire, and Abdurraqib’s own personal history of love, grief, and performance. He'll be joined in conversation by Wesley Morris, critic-at-large at the New York Times and a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine. This event will include ASL interpretation and Closed Captioning.