Thanks to a partnership between Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, the latest edition in the series, Fugitive Trajectories, is headed to Pittsburgh's Kelly Strayhorn Theater this weekend.
“The importance of bringing [the program] anywhere that Black folks are under siege and that’s not something new,” says Jheanelle Brown, who guest curated the program with Darol Olu KaeBrown. “But the particular ways that it’s manifesting itself right now, it’s important for us to reclaim our narrative, and that’s what these works do.”
So far, Fugitive Trajectories has shown in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Montreal, with Seattle planned as a future stop.
Though she’s based in Los Angeles, Brown says she’s aware of recent events in Pittsburgh, including the backlash surrounding the removal of the “There are Black People in the Future" billboard project by local artist, Alisha Wormsley.
The mission of the program seems especially relevant in the recent aftermath of the Antwon Rose Jr.
“Part of [the program] is about community building,” says Brown. “The specificity around Pittsburgh is that it’s a major metropolitan city that, like all metropolitan cities, has important socio-political issues to work through, and these films are in conversation with that.”
Most of the films, including The
In addition to the films, Brown says they worked with Kelly Strayhorn and Miller ICA to orient the event around people who are “artistic and thought leaders in Pittsburgh.” They brought on Wormsley to serve as a moderator during a conversation with Brown and Olu
“In some of the past years, there have been live performance elements that have been integrated by local artists, but this is the first time that Darol and I are doing it with our program,” says Brown. “So we’re really excited to incorporate pre-eminent Pittsburgh artists, and we’re really happy that Kelly Strayhorn and Miller ICA helped us come up with the idea.”