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Date

Apr 11 2024
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Time

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Novella Nelson and the Black Arts Movement in the Lower East Side

Although the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s is often understood as being centered in Harlem, a number of prominent Black artists of the mid-20th century were firmly based in the downtown and Village art scene. One of the most prominent and prolific of these Lower East Side artists was Novella Nelson, an actor, singer, poet, and director who worked at many of the most prominent venues in the area. Although Nelson also participated in mainstream work, appearing in the original Broadway cast of Purlie and in popular film and television, she was by nature an experimentalist whose creative output challenged the traditional narrative of the downtown theatre scene. In 2023, Nelson’s archive was preserved in the Billy Rose Theatre Division, and will soon be available to researchers.

This event will celebrate Nelson’s work, contextualizing her as standing apart from, and providing dimension to, the Harlem-based Black Arts Movement.

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