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“Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics”

Celebrate Black History Month with a new exhibit from the Michigan State University Museum, Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics. Curated by Julian Chambliss, Professor of English and Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum, the virtual exhibit is now available on the MSU Museum website here.

The exhibit explores the themes of Afrofuturism through the lens of comic books and graphic novels. Black Panther, the popular marvel comic book character, serves as a reference point to further explore what Afrofuturism is and the importance of the black imaginary in envisioning the future.

“This exhibit is an important effort to help contextualize contemporary dialogue about Afrofuturism through comics,” remarks, Dr. Chambliss about the exhibit. “Building on the MSU Museum educational role, the exhibit engages the viewers to consider how comics make ideas intrinsic to Afrofuturism available to the public. My hope is that this exhibit sparks a journey of discovery for the visitor. We could not cover everything in this small exhibit, but I hope people enjoy and want to learn more”

Upcoming Virtual Curator Talks
Dr. Chambliss will discuss the exhibition and answer audience questions during two upcoming virtual talks.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
11:00 AM -12:00 PM
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
11:00 AM -12:00 PM
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This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.