Fri, January 27, 2023 3:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library
Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition asserts that "what was lost can be found again in new poems, stories, songs, and dances." Like the Black queer Philadelphia creatives whose work is presented in the exhibition, Vernon Jordan, III's varied forms of creative expression offer ways to remember, re-envision, and amplify our stories. In the short narrative, afroqueer jazz film, One Magenta Afternoon, a young African American boy, Les, and his Pop Pop use jazz music as a bridge into the world of the dead. Les tumbles through the visions and memories of six queer spirits from different times, learning love in one of his first music lessons. This film is for African American magic: for Hoodoo, Rootwork. Join writer and director Vernon Jordan, III for a film screening and talkback that explores a Black youth's connection to analog technology, love for ingenuity, and practical divinity.
Friday, Jan. 27
Parkway Central Library, Room 25 (Ground Floor)
Vernon Jordan, III – Writer and Director: I’m a Philly born and raised artist/storyteller. My priority is to merge the visual and the poetic/lyrical; I’m a Visual Lyricist. Philadelphia is everything to me, where I cut my artistic teeth, training at the historic New Freedom Theatre and Jared Martin’s Big Picture Alliance. As a director, writer, and artist who is black, bisexual, and gender variant, I see the world with afrofuturist eyes: I hope my films leave a kind of blueprint to remember the pasts and build the futures. In all of my films, I aim to tell the intimate stories of Black Philadelphia across the times.
Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition reveals what eight local activists, cultural organizers, and artists unearthed when they dug deeply into the same Philadelphia archives that have historically excluded their voices and perspectives. Through archival items, rare books, oral histories, and original artwork, Chronicling Resistance counters the systemic erasure of Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ people from the historical record, breaks silences, and uncovers new ways of understanding and enacting resistance. See this dynamic and unique exhibition now through Jan. 31, 2023.
Chronicling Resistance has been generously supported by the Mellon Foundation and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support and collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries.