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Still from Love Is The Message, The Message is Death, Arthur Jafa (2016). Courtesy of the artist and

Just Futures, a highly anticipated exhibition featuring the works of Arthur Jafa, Martine Syms, and Black Quantum Futurism, curated by Professor T.J.

Film still from The White Album by Arthur Jafa, 2018.

Join us for a one-day screening of Arthur Jafa's The White Album (2018), the award-winning follow up to Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2016), currently on view in Just Futures

Tina Campt, A Black Gaze Book cover

Black feminist theorist Tina Campt's newly released book, A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See, 2021, published by MIT Press, examines "Black contemporary artists who are shifting the very nature of our interactions with the visual through their creation and curation of a distinctively Black gaze."

(from left to right) Paula Arai, Kyle Robertson, Ruth Murray-Clay

Join us for an online LASER Talk ​featuring Buddhist scholar Paula Arai, astrophysicist Ruth Murray-Clay, and public philosophy scholar Kyle Robertson.

Hesterian Musicism

Join us for a live performance by jazz ensemble Hesterian Musicism, featuring composer, flautist and saxophonist Karlton Hester and special guests.

Hesterian Musicism
May 6, 7 pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

Pamela Z, photo credit: Marion Gray

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers.

tinypistol, photo credit stephen texeira

Join us for an evening of dance with choreographer Raissa Simpson and dance company tinypistol.

Abolition. Feminism. Now. 2022

Abolitionist scholars Angela Davis, Gina Dent, Erica Meiners, and Beth Richie will discuss their new book, Abolition. Feminism. Now. As a politic and a practice, abolition increasingly shapes our political moment -- halting the construction of new jails and propelling movements to divest from policing.

Oyster Knife

Join us for an evening of dance with  queer Black choreographic duo OYSTERKNIFE (Chibueze Crouch + Gabriel Christian)

OYSTERKNIFE
May 28, 7 pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UCSC, 2019-ongoing

What does it mean to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote?