Author, activist and Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates will be at the Baltimore Museum of Art on May 17 to talk about Afrofuturism — the intersection of African and African-American culture with technology — and its role in today’s cultural landscape.
Coates, who grew up in West Baltimore and graduated from Woodlawn High School, is a National Book Award winner and recipient of a MacArthur genius grant. His books include “Between the World and Me," reflecting on his life and written as a letter to his teenage son, and “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy," a collection of essays from the Obama years.
Coates’ appearance, during which he will engage in a discussion with BMA director Christopher Bedford, is part of the museum’s “Necessity of Tomorrow(s)” program. The series of discussions and social events is envisioned as a way to look at "key ideas at the intersection of art, race, and social justice — and imagining the futures we want,” according to a release from the BMA.
The evening program will also feature music from Ancestral Duo and DJ Trillnatured and a comic book reading room organized by Atomic Books, plus art-making activities and light refreshments. Coates will also read from one of his books and discuss his work on “Black Panther,” the comics as well as the recent film.
The free program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will also be live-streamed in the museum’s Fox Court.