"Afrofuturism" at Goethe-Institut Monday, Feb. 3

“Black to the Future” is not only an excellent pun; it’s also part of the name bestowed upon one of D.C.’s more bizarre Black History Month shows. Afrofuturism, for the uninitiated, is a science fictionish movement that threads through the works of a number of African Diaspora artists of the 20th century, including Sun Ra and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who transformed the genres in which they work. Artists working with Afrofuturist ideas today may draw more from other prominent figures like novelist Octavia Butler and photographer Renée Cox. “Afrofuturism: Artists From Three Continents Explore ‘Black to the Future’” features work from Ghanaian multimedia artist Bernard Akoi-Jackson, German painter Daniel Kojo Schrade, and American sculptor Adejoke Tugbiyele. There are few better places than D.C. to take in strong Black History Month programming, and this exhibit might even raise the bar—to somewhere beyond this galaxy, perhaps. The exhibit is on view Mondays to Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. goethe.de/washington.

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