New Group Now
NEW GROUP NOW is a new series of public forums which locate New Group shows within the larger context of American and/or global society. Bringing together artists and thinkers across disciplines, the series asks vital questions at the center of New Group shows and of our present culture.
A New Renaissance: Exploring the Cultural Impact of the Black Narrative and Identity
Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Inspired by Jeremy O. Harris’ “Daddy,” a panel will come together to dissect Black representation in today’s culture and its impact on the development of Black identities, as well as the implications of accessing, engaging and maintaining ownership over the Black narrative and identity.
Nancy Giles is an Emmy-winning contributor to “CBS News Sunday Morning,” and tries to be witty on various political panels on MSNBC. She’s acted in films and on TV and was recently Off-Broadway in The New Group’s Good For Otto by David Rabe. She’s also written and performed solo shows and is working on a collection of essays and true stories. Her podcast “The Giles Files” is on the Apple Podcast app, Google Play, and Stitcher. Be cool and subscribe!
Jeremy O. Harris (Playwright) Plays: Slave Play (New York Theatre Workshop, NYT Critics’ Pick, Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize), Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, and WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys (2019, 53rd State Press). In 2018, Jeremy co-wrote A24’s upcoming film “Zola” with director Janicza Bravo. He is the 11th recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwrighting Award, a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Scott Rudin Productions. Jeremy’s in his 3rd year at the Yale School of Drama.
D’Weston Haywood is an historian, whose research and teaching center on Black protest, Black masculinity, Black Power, and the intersections of Black culture, Black politics, and Black public spheres. His first book, Let Us Make Men: The Twentieth-Century Black Press and a Manly Vision for Racial Advancement (UNC Press, 2018), examines the Black press as a powerful tool of Black men’s leadership, public vocalization, and gender and identity formation that shaped the 20th Century Black freedom struggle. The book reveals how W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X, among others, mobilized Black newspapers to wage a fight for racial justice and Black manhood. Haywood’s work also includes forays into an innovative scholarly and pedagogical praxis he calls “Sonic Scholarship.” His first project in this regard, “The [Ferguson] Files: A Sonic Study of Racial Violence in America,” deploys poetry, rap, and research to (re) examine racial violence involving police killings of unarmed Black people between 2014 and 2015.
Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic living and working in New York City. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, W, Vice and various other publications. He has recently contributed essays and interviews to museum and gallery publications for artists Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas, Arthur Jafa and Yinka Shonibare. Sargent has lectured and been in conversation with artists at Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Art Gallery of Toronto and various other institutions. His first book “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” is out this fall from Aperture.