The Age of Enlightenment is Here
Special one-month engagement features play, “Soul of Langston,” Nov. 2
The Harlem Renaissance marked an exciting and transformative period in cultural arts and expression – an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s. During the time, it was known as the “New Negro Movement”, named after the 1925 anthology by Alain Locke. Artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage, Hale Woodruff, Charles Alston and Elizabeth Catlett rose to prominence, and collaborative, inventive music, dance, and poetry dominated the scene. For one month, The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will merge the historical significance of the Harlem Renaissance with the technology of today in an interactive exhibit, incorporating 3D and virtual reality.
“Harlem Renaissance” opens Tuesday, October 2 and runs through Saturday, November 3, 2018. The exhibit will feature not only information on the influential personalities from Florida who contributed to the movement, but also three distinct virtual reality experiences, murals, artifacts, and related materials. The goal of the project is to combine digital humanities and technology innovation to educate, inform and excite visitors.
“Visitors will be able to wear ocular goggles and enter a virtual Harlem, where they can walk through the Savoy Ballroom or ride down a New York street during the 1920s,” said Museum Director Charlene Farrington. “It’s another way to help people feel like they were there.”
The exhibition is based on “The Virtual Harlem Project,” an established digital humanities project by Bryan Carter, an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, who specializes in African American literature of the 20th Century, with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and digital culture.
The play Soul of Langston will be performed at the Spady Museum, 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL on Friday, November 2 from 6-8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Highlighting the show, The Spady Museum will welcome actor and playwright Daron Stewart, as he performs his one-man show, “Soul of Langston,” on Friday, Nov. 2. The intimate portrayal of James Mercer Langston Hughes by Stewart gives the audience insight into his perspective, sense of humor, sense of duty and unique sensitivities to the circumstances of the American Negro.