Join artists Navild Acosta and Sosa for a screening of short videos about rest and refusal, followed by a conversation about their ongoing project, Black Power Naps, with fellow artists and writers jamilah malika abu-bakare and Akwaeke Emezi. The program will take place in the artists’ installation in MoMA’s Creativity Lab, Black Power Naps: La Biblioteca Is Open.
This program is now at capacity. Email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.
Black Power Naps is a project by artists Navild Acosta and Sosa. It is a sculptural installation, vibrational device, and curatorial initiative that reclaims laziness and idleness as power.
jamilah malika abu-bakare is an artist and writer who contemplates refusal, repetition, dedication, and intimacy through sound art, video essay, text off-page, and installation. Whatever the form, she centers Black women with care and prioritizes listening over looking. By doing so, both jamilah and the audience move toward freedom. Her work has played or shown from Sweden to Los Angeles, and across Canada, including Contemporary Field Gallery (Vancouver), Circuit Gallery (Toronto), and Artscape (Peterborough). Her writing has appeared in Canadian Art magazine, CBC Arts, and Active Cultures. Visit her first curatorial project, AURAL ALTERITIES, at auralalterirites.com.
Akwaeke Emezi is the author of several books, including their critically acclaimed debut Freshwater and the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji. Most recently, they published Content Warning, their debut poetry collection; Bitter, their second young-adult novel; and You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, their debut romance novel. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation and featured on a TIME magazine cover as a Next Generation Leader, they are based in liminal spaces.
In order to serve visitors with hearing loss, the Crown Creativity Lab includes induction hearing loops for sound amplification. During scheduled programs, visitors can turn their hearing aid or cochlear implant to T-Coil mode to hear enhanced sound effortlessly. The loop system does not work with hearing aids without telecoil technology.
All-gender restrooms are located on Floors 1, 3W, 5, and T1.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning is available for public programs upon request with two weeks advance notice. MoMA will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks notice. Please contact [email protected] to make a request for these accommodations.
The entrance to the Creativity Lab has a power-assist door. Seating options include beds and chairs with backs.
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