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Basic Black; After Freedom


MASTER Program #3518 Program Title: After Freedom Producer: Valerie Linson Broadcast Date: 6/3/04 Length: 26:32 Subject: South African Art

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Basic Black
After Freedom
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

The shackles of apartheid were broken in South Africa in 1994, encouraging artists and others to reclaim their identity as they transformed a nation. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this historic event, the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury, Mass., featured an exhibition by South African artists called "A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa," which ran April 2–Nov. 14, 2004.

Basic Black features interviews with some of the exhibition's participating scholars and curators:

Robin M. Chandler is a multimedia artist as well as an associate professor of African American studies at Northeastern University in Boston.

Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro6American Artists.

Sipho Mdanda, an independent researcher and art critic, writes articles and exhibition reviews for Art South Africa.

Tumelo Mosaka, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, has curated numerous exhibitions in South Africa and the US.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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