To mark the closing of the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, come together for an evening of art, music, movement, and conversation.

5:45–6:45 PM | Self-Care with Cultural Fabric and Hive Soul Yoga

Facing resistance in their time, many women involved in We Wanted a Revolution emphasized the necessity of integrating self-care into their daily routines. This idea—summed up by Audre Lorde’s 1988 statement, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”—inspires short sessions of yoga poses, meditation, and mindful movement led by Melissa Alexis of Cultural Fabric and Chanelle John of Hive Soul Yoga. Both women will also briefly introduce their projects dedicated to promoting wellness in communities of color. Those with no prior experience in yoga or meditation are welcome, and mats or towels are optional.

Capacity for this activity is limited; free tickets are required and will be distributed first come, first serve.

7–8 PM | The Artist’s Voice: Dindga McCannon and Combahee River Collective’s Beverly Smith and Barbara Smith

Artist Dindga McCannon, who is an author, illustrator, painter, and more, actively participated in critical moments in the history of art, including as a member of the Weisui Artist Collective in the 1960s and the Where We At collective, composed of professional women of color in the 1970s who supported each other’s creative careers.

Sisters Beverly and Barbara Smith co-founded the Combahee River Collective in Boston with Demita Frazier at a time when the mainstream feminist movement was erupting around the country and the city’s plan to desegregate schools turned chaotic and violent, making widely visible the racism rampant in neighborhoods. Their work, including its influential manifesto, reflects the group’s belief in “…Black feminism as the logical political movement to combat the manifold and simultaneous oppressions that all women of color face.” This evening of conversation will reflect on the many contributions of our guest speakers, their work forming influential collectives, and their continued interests.

Note: this talk is FREE, but tickets are required. A limited number will be available online 24 hours before event; tickets are also available at the ICA starting 2 hours prior to event. Limit 2 per person. Check in at least 15 minutes prior to event, when unused tickets are released.

7–9 PM |  We Wanted a Revolution Playlist

Listen to selecations from a special playlist by Marcyliena Morgan and Christina Twicken inspired by We Wanted a Revolution in the ICA’s lobby. Marcyliena Morgan is a professor of African and African American Studies and founding director of the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University, who says she does her best work while accompanied and guided by the music soundtrack of the black experience. Christina Twicken is a doctoral student in African American Studies at Harvard University, as well as an aspiring teacher and performer. 

 


We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. The Boston presentation is coordinated by Jessica Hong, Assistant Curator, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

Support for the Boston presentation is provided by The Robert E. Davoli and Eileen L. McDonagh Charitable Foundation, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté, Allison and Edward Johnson, Barbara Lee, David and Leslie Puth, and Charles and Fran Rodgers.