“Radical” means many things to me. It can mean new, it can mean innovative, but it also means moving away from what is the norm. It is a radical idea that we could look at mothers as doing radical work. — Amoke Kubat
In 2010, Amoke Kubat founded Yo Mama’s House, a cooperative for women who are artists, mothers, activists, and healers within the rich, multicultural community of North Minneapolis. Now, with her residency in Target Studio, Kubat expands her creative practice: Working in concert with Northside creatives, she will guide visitors’ journeys through the Northside. During this Black History Month, come experience Afrofuturism—reimagining a future through the lens of the African diaspora.
As part of the exhibition, Kubat is curating an ambitious lineup of performances, movie screenings, and workshops. Drop by the museum during any of the below times to witness the brilliance of Northside creatives for yourself (No RSVP required unless otherwise noted).
Featured artists include Amoke Kubat, Chaka N’Kali, Christopher Aaron Deanes, Damian Winfield, Freida Martin, J’Siris Jones, Keegan Xavi, Lauren Evans, Maya Clark, Phyllis Chatham, Raelene Ethel Ash, Sayge Carroll, Beverly Cottman, Keiona Cook, Tanya Johnson, and Donyelle Headington.
Saturday, February 8
Bibi Wald | Poetry Reading | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mankwe Ndosi | Music Performance | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ahmed Abdul Karim and Omar Addul Karim | Trumpet Performance and Storytelling | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sayge Carroll | Virtual Reality Installation | 1 – 4 p.m.
Donyelle Headington | Ancestor Doll Workshop | 1 – 4 p.m. [RSVP Requested]
Saturday, February 15
Sayge Carroll | Virtual Reality Installation | 12 – 3 p.m.
[Sold Out] Staged reading of ANGRY BLACK WOMAN and Well-Intentioned White Girl with Amoke Kubat and Jennifer Johnson | 1 – 4 p.m. [Join the Waitlist]
Wednesday, February 26
A movie screening featuring Brian Few Jr.’s Angels Walk, Philip McGraw’s 8 Seasons of Art, Ini Augustine’s Farming Our Way Home, and Joe Davis‘ Ancestral Echoes | 6 – 8 p.m. | [RSVP Requested]
Saturday, February 29
Sayge Carroll | Virtual Reality Installation | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Irna Landrum in Conversation with Amoke Kubat | 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Freida Martin | Puppetry | 2 – 5 p.m.
Stayci Bell | Puppetry | 2 – 5 p.m.
Dameun Strange | Music Performance | 2 – 5 p.m.
Denetrick Powers | Spoken Word Poetry | 2 – 5 p.m.
Nicole Smith | Spoken Word Poetry | 2 – 5 p.m.
Andrew Young | Puppetry | 2 – 5 p.m.
In case you missed the February 15 reading of ANGRY BLACK WOMAN and Well-Intentioned White Girl, Amoke and Jennifer will be sharing their play on March 25 at the Minnesota Humanities Center. Learn more and get tickets >>
Image: A scene Black to the Future. Photograph by Boris Oicherman.