Anima: The Essence of Blacknuss is a community companion show to the exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite and features the photography of Columbia creative Dalvin “Mustafa” Spann, a multimedia artist working in graphic design, music, fine art, and photography. Anima (Latin for soul) is deeply rooted in Spann’s appreciation of clothing, culture, and artistic associations with photographers like Brathwaite and jazz artists like Rashaan Roland Kirk and his song “Blacknuss.” This exhibition features 10 color and black-and-white images that offer elegant visual narratives around identity-building and cross-cultural references.


Retrospective of Black Is Beautiful by Izms of Art

From the exhibition galleries, Izms of Art brings you “Retrospective of Black Is Beautiful,” a concert celebrating the themes in Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. Enjoy virtual musical performances from BORN, K.Ford, and THE Dubber, who will debut singles off his album Southern Cachet

Izms of Art has collectively and individually participated in over 80 exhibits and events since the group’s conception in 2007. Their uniqueness lies in the broad range of artistic talent they provide as featured artists as well the events they organize and curate, which always feature outstanding visual art accompanied by dynamic performance art.

This performance was sponsored by the Baker and Baker Foundation.