December 2, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
UB Department of Art MFA Alum Stacey Robinson will open a solo exhibition, Branding the Afrofuture, at El Museo on Friday, December 2nd, from 7-9PM. At 6:30 PM on Monday, December 5th, Robinson will return to the UB Center for the Arts as the final speaker in the 2016 Department of Art Speaker Series.
Through Branding the Afrofuture, an amalgam of recent work, including posters, branding, comics, and other graphic matter created while in Buffalo, he asks, “What is Black? What is the future of Black people? What does that future with Black people in it look like?” The answers seem to lie just out of reach.
Robinson, an Arthur Schomburg fellow, is originally from Albany NY and graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Arts before pursuing his MFA at UB. His art speculates futures where Black people are free from colonial influences. Robinson and artist John Jennings are part of the collaborative duo ‘Black Kirby’ that explores Afro Speculative existence via the aesthetic of Jack Kirby. He recently art directed Unveiling Visions: the Alchemy of the Black Imagination for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. He was a part of the exhibition Invisible Ink: Black Independent Comix, at University of Tennessee at Beyond the Frame: African American Comic Book Artists, Presentation at the Flint Institute of Arts. Stacey’s collected works reside: Modern Graphics in Berlin, Bucknell University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is now an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.