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Stay tuned for details on more 2018 programming, coming soon!




Friday, April 27, 5-7pm


A new public art piece by 2017 CAS resident Katherine Simóne Reynolds, "Browns and Nudes", will be unveiled as part of Dazzle Crawl, a PS1 collaboration with Hancher and the Iowa City Downtown District commissioning artwork and performance in downtown windows and public spaces that celebrate radical viewpoints and untold stories in local history.

Find out more about Dazzle Crawl here.

Sunday, April 22 at 3pm
UIMA Gallery @ Iowa Memorial Union, 3rd floor
Miriam Thaggert, Alea Adigweme, & Raj Chakrapani read selections of their choosing from Adam Pendleton’s Black Dada Reader, followed by reflection and conversation.  The Reader is a collection of texts that illustrate “Black Dada,” a term Pendleton uses to define his work. By activating the Reader through spoken word, the Black Dada Reading engages Pendleton’s language-based practice, which seeks to explore, in his words, “language as material/material as language; language as image/image as language.” 


Jade Ariana Fair

October 1 - November 15, 2017

Jade Fair is a multidisciplinary artist living in Oakland, CA. She works across the genre of painting, performance, sound, and installation. She is a socially engaged artist whose social practice extends to arts education with youth and a healing arts practice.  She has been making art for as long as she can recall as a form of healing, guidance and self-recovery. She emphasizes resourcefulness in her practice, both her own and that of her ancestral legacy. Her arts education is a populist, community education derived from her own planetary exploration. She counts her influences from such diverse sources as the prophetic science-fiction of Octavia Butler, the body art of Ana Mendieta, and outsider artists such as Bill Traylor and Sister Gertrude Morgan. Her art praxis is both research-based and heavily guided by intuition. She paints what she sees in visions, dreams, and from visceral responses to her study of personal and generational histories.

Additional programming

October 11, 2017: Painting and drawing workshop at Augustana College

November 10, 2017: Studio visits with students from University of Iowa Department of Art & Art History

November 11, 2017: Artist talk and exhibition opening at PS1

Shawné Michaelain Holloway

September 8-14, 2017

Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a Chicago-based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality tools for exposing structures of power. Her work has been exhibited internationally in spaces like Left.Gallery (Online), Sorbus Galleria (Helsinki, Fi), and on NTS Radio (London, UK.) She teaches in the New Arts Journalism department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a participating curator with the Dgtlfmnsm Festival in Dresden, DE. 

Additional programming

September 11, 2017: Reading and artist talk at PS1

September 13, 2017: Workshop at Intermedia Department, University of Iowa School of Art & Art History  

Katherine Simóne Reynolds

Sept. 15-28, 2017

Katherine Simóne Reynolds is based out of Saint Louis, MO creating conceptual portrait and architectural photography. From receiving her B.A in Dance from Webster University, movement comes second nature and is thoroughly integrated into her practice. Her recent work is made to be literal, authentic, and emotional. Katherine has exhibited work within many spaces and institutions around Saint Louis, including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, and The Luminary. Internationally she was hired to work for ImPulsTanz, the largest contemporary dance festival in Europe, as the event photographer where she worked on photographic and performance projects within the MUMOK, the Weltmuseum, and many other unique venues around Vienna, Austria. 

Additional programming

September 24, 2017: Reynold’s program, “Blackness on Film & Beyond,” all-day screening of films that have inspired Reynolds’ practice

Sept. 26, 2017: Reynolds’ youth workshop with North Central Junior High and Liberty High School

Justin Allen

August 12-19, 2017

Justin Allen is a writer and performer from Northern Virginia. He has written for Mosaic Literary Magazine, Lambda Literary, ARTS.BLACK, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s journal The Archive, among others. He has read at the Whitney, The Poetry Project, and Artists Space, and performed nationally and overseas, recently showing new work at various series and venues throughout New York City, where he lives and works. He is a 2017-2018 Queer|Art Fellow.

Additional programming

August 14, 2017: Allen’s youth workshop at Rock Island High School

August 18, 2017: Allen’s artist talk at PS1

Terence Nance

December 1-7, 2016

Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Each of his siblings are artists:. Norvis Jr. Djore, and Classi. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc.  His first feature film, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa.  It is currently available on YouTube, iTunes, and Fandor. Terence is also a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and his most recent films and performances SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN, UNIVITELLIN, and 18 BLACK GIRLS / BOYS WHO HAVE ARRIVED AT THE SINGULARITY AND ARE THUS SPIRITUAL MACHINES, premiered at Sundance 2016, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Sundance 2017 respectively. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm.

December 5, 2016: Film screening at Filmscene, short films by Nance

Devin Cain

November 1-30, 2016

Devin Cain is a Chicago-based filmmaker, theorist, teaching artist, and writer. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Cinematic Art + Science Program. His work explores the invisible realms of being and the subjects bound by them. He nurtures & utilizes the emotionality of characters and the unconscious to influence its very own aesthetic, creating unique expressionist perceptions.

Additional programming

November 17, 2016 Cain’s in-progress film screening of “Persecution + Release” and artist talk

November 30, 2016: Cain’s lecture and exhibition opening at PS1 of “To Nothingness with Love”

Alexandria Eregbu

October 1-31, 2016

Alexandria Eregbu was born on July of 1991 to her two parents: Obinna, a retired athlete from Nigeria and Ericka, a fiery young woman from the West Side of Chicago. That very same year the Chicago Bulls had won their first NBA Championship, Miss Black America had been raped, Rodney King had been beaten by L.A.’s police force, and the Cold War was declared over. Alexandria’s middle name “Ijeoma” means “safe journey,” given by her father after his sister’s passing. Eregbu spent most of her childhood in the company of her younger sister, Erin and familial matriarchs— watching Disney, collecting objects, playing dress up in mom’s military uniform, and admiring dad’s athletic accomplishments. She still has an aspiration to see the world on a magic carpet.

Additional programming

October 24, 2016: Eregbu’s artist talk and open studio at PS1

October 25, 2016: Eregbu’s youth workshop with G! World at Coralville Public Library 

Krista Franklin

September 1-30, 2016

Krista Franklin is a Chicago-based artist and poet whose work has been published and shown nationally. She is the co-curator of the Chicago citywide poetry and art initiative, EKPHEST: A Festival of Art + Word, and 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago. Franklin is the recipient of the Propeller Fund and the Albert P. Weisman Award, and has held residencies at A Studio in the Woods, Cave Canem, and the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. 

Additional programming

September 22, 2016: Franklin’s works-in-progress artist talk at PS1

September 27, 2016: Franklin’s exhibition opening, “…to take root among the stars” 

September 28, 2016: Franklin’s youth workshop, “Scripture from Space” with G! World at South East Junior High School 

“Scripture from Space” was a creative writing workshop where students were invited to compose short “scriptures” for themselves and their community. This workshop used science fiction books written by black authors as inspiration for writing. What can we use from the past to make visions and inspirations for ourselves in the future?

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

May 27 - June 2, 2016

Kameelah Rasheed (b.1985) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former high school public school teacher from East Palo Alto, CA working in installation, photography, printmaking, publications, and performance. She is on the faculty of the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts and also works full-time as a social studies curriculum developer for New York public schools.

Additional programming

June 1, 2016: Rasheed’s artist talk and exhibition opening at PS1

Louis Chude-Sokei

May 14-20, 2016

Louis Chude-Sokei is the Editor-in-Chief for The Black Scholar. He is Professor of English and the George and Joyce Wein Chair at Boston University where he is also Director of African American Studies. His work includes, The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (Duke 2006), a John Hope Franklin Center Book and finalist for the 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as the 2007 George Freedley Memorial Award; The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Techno-Poetics (Wesleyan University Press 2015); the forthcoming Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber and Other Essays (Wesleyan); and a work of literary non-fiction (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Additional programming

May 17, 2016: Chude-Sokei’s youth workshop with Broadway Neighborhood Center (10 5th and 6th graders)

May 19, 2016: Chude-Sokei and Duplan reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore

Tiona McClodden

May 1-7, 2016

Tiona McClodden is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose work explores, and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and social commentary. McClodden’s interdisciplinary approach traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations. Themes explored in McClodden’s films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography.

Additional programming

May 3, 2016: McClodden’s artist talk at PS1

May 4, 2016:  McClodden’s youth workshop with the Broadway Neighborhood Center 

McClodden worked with students on a project using photography, drawing, and sound recording, inspired by Ana Mendieta’s rare sound based work Untitled (Soul), circa 1973 that she created with students at Henry Sabin Elementary School in Iowa City, includes recordings of their thoughtful and perceptions on the soul.

May 6, 2016: McClodden’s gallery opening at PS1


SATURDAY, NOV. 11 at 6pm
Jade Ariana Fair will present an exhibition of new work created during her 6-week residency in Iowa City.

Fall 2017 CAS programming is supported by grants from the Iowa Art Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections-Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

2017 Film Series

Sunday April 23, 8pm
Sidewalk Stories
A 1989 remake of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid
by Charles Lane, Sidewalk Stories is a subtle and humorous meditation on race, class, and fatherhood.

Sunday, May 28, 8pm
A Litany For Survival: the life and work of Audre Lorde, directed by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson

Sunday, June 25, 8pm
My Brother's Wedding, a tragic comedy that takes place in South Central LA. Made in 1983 by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep) but not released until 2007.

Sunday, July 23, 8pm
A Program of Short Films: Terence Nance, Alexandria Eregbu, & Devin Cain









2016 Residencies

Krista Franklin
Thursday, Sept. 22, 6pm: works-in-progress artist's talk
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-8pm: " take root among the stars" exhibition reception [documentation]

Alexandria Eregbu
Monday, Oct. 24, 6-8pm: Alexandria Eregbu open studio and artist's talk

Devin Cain
Thursday, Nov. 17, 6pm: screening & Q+A
“Persecution + Release”:
An experimental work told in five parts featuring new footage, found footage, and recycled footage. In conjunction with the artist's exhibition "To Nothingness with Love", this newly created piece traverses deep unconscious transgressions + sentiments held within the human narrative that may lead towards an ontological emancipation.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6-8pm: lecture & exhibition reception: "To Nothingness with Love"

Terrence Nance
Monday, Dec. 5, 3:30pm: screening (a selection of short films) at FilmScene

Fall 2016 CAS programming is supported by grants from the Iowa Art Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee. Thanks also to the University of Iowa Center for the Book and Little Village for their support!


The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS) is an initiative to re-imagine new futures for marginalized peoples by generating safe work spaces for artists of color. Organized by Anaïs Duplan, CAS hosts visiting artists and artists-in-residence and produces lectures, workshops, public forums, and exhibitions on the intersections of race, technology, and the diaspora.

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