Reclaiming Time: Race, Temporality, and Black Expressive Culture


ACLS Fellowship Program


Theater Arts


"Reclaiming Time" posits that one of the more urgent questions to emerge in the post-Civil Rights era is: What is the time of Blackness? Exploring works by playwrights Jordan E. Cooper, Eisa Davis, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Robert O'Hara; visual artists LaToya Ruby Frazier and Jefferson Pinder; and, filmmaker Tanya Hamilton, this interdisciplinary study analyzes the aesthetic strategies and practices contemporary Black artists hone and deploy to dramatize the deeply intertwined relationship of Blackness and time, thereby challenging concepts of "normative temporality" and reclaiming those aspects of Black life, history, and culture sidelined by temporal regimes structured to reinforce white supremacy.