Originally from Detroit Michigan, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is an American curator, producer, performance artist, and stylist. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. Recently, Kosoko published “Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit” (Old City Publishing). He is also a poet and writer contributing columns for Dance Journal, the Broad Street Review, and Critical Correspondence, NYC. Visit: www.jaamil.com for more information.
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Yes, none other than the great playwright and poet Ntozake...

April 16, 2014 - 6:11pm


Yes, none other than the great playwright and poet Ntozake Shange visiting us at @nylivearts for a special sneak peek at #Dianne McIntyre’s new dance premiere! #NYC #jamesbaldwinthistime

Waspy Fiction aka Songs To Make Your White Girl Cry is comin to...

April 11, 2014 - 12:16am


Waspy Fiction aka Songs To Make Your White Girl Cry is comin to Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC on June 9th *FREE*

@kingobservesearth curates another awesome event. Check it out...

April 6, 2014 - 1:57pm


@kingobservesearth curates another awesome event. Check it out next Sunday at MoMA PS1!

It’s coming! Are you ready? James Baldwin, This Time!...

April 3, 2014 - 12:55am


It’s coming! Are you ready? James Baldwin, This Time! @nylivearts

Love this! #jamesbaldwin @nylivearts #jamesbaldwinthistime!

March 19, 2014 - 8:47am


Love this! #jamesbaldwin @nylivearts #jamesbaldwinthistime!

Dance Star! Rise on up Mr Abraham…

March 16, 2014 - 11:15pm


Dance Star! Rise on up Mr Abraham…

This amazingly potent quote by #JamesBaldwin was removed from...

March 13, 2014 - 10:21pm


This amazingly potent quote by #JamesBaldwin was removed from fb! Why?

Excited to be reading my poetry at BMCC next month! March 27th...

February 26, 2014 - 9:15pm


Excited to be reading my poetry at BMCC next month! March 27th at 2pm I’ll be reading some new pieces from my next collection “Naming the Devil IBLIS”

Werd! Mr. Dali

February 24, 2014 - 7:25am


Werd! Mr. Dali

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February 16, 2014 - 10:39pm


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Teaching tomorrow! Hope to see you there. All are welcome.

February 15, 2014 - 8:35pm


Teaching tomorrow! Hope to see you there. All are welcome.

James Baldwin This Time! April 23-27th @nylivearts

February 13, 2014 - 5:35pm


James Baldwin This Time! April 23-27th @nylivearts

Happening now #blackmalerevisited

February 8, 2014 - 5:31pm


Happening now #blackmalerevisited

Tonight @ishmaelhj and @kingobservesearth at #Danspace Project!...

February 8, 2014 - 9:41am


Tonight @ishmaelhj and @kingobservesearth at #Danspace Project! #blackmalerevisited 8-9pm -two legends take the stage! http://www.danspaceproject.org/calendarandtickets/detail.php?id=257

danspaceproject: Jaamil Kosoko stopped by the office to discuss...

February 4, 2014 - 10:01pm


danspaceproject:

Jaamil Kosoko stopped by the office to discuss his thinking around curating this week’s FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Black Male Revisited / Experimental Representations through the Ephemeral Form.  Kosoko’s guest-curated series revisits Thelma Golden’s 1994 Whitney Museum exhibit “Black Male” through the lens of contemporary performance.  Performances run this Thursday-Saturday, February 6-8 with a different lineup of artists each night - PLUS a special iteration of our Conversations Without Walls discussion series, Saturday from 3-7pm.

studiomuseum: Conversations Without Walls: BLACK MALE...

February 3, 2014 - 9:29am


studiomuseum:

Conversations Without Walls: BLACK MALE REVISITED

February 8, 2014
Saturday at 3:00PM

This 4-hour conversation takes place in the Parish Hall at St. Mark’s Church (131 East 10th Street at 2nd Avenue).

Conversations Without Walls is a series of discussions addressing current issues in dance, organized by Danspace executive director Judy Hussie-Taylor and performance scholar Jenn Joy. This Conversation is part of Food for Thought: Black Male Revisited. Experimental Representations through the Ephemeral Form., curated by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.

3-4PM - Revisiting Black Male Today: A Look 20 Years Later
Panelists discuss the seminal 1994 Black Maleexhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art. We consider how the landscape has changed for black male visual and performance artists (as both subjects and practitioners) over the past 20 years. Is there more visibility today? Is black art simply in vogue in this contemporary moment, or have we, in fact, undergone a renaissance?
With: Rich Blint moderator (Independent Curator, Associate Director, Office of Community Outreach and Education, Columbia University School of the Arts),Greg Tate (Writer, Artist, Educator), Paloma McGregor (Choreographer, Community Organizer),James Haile III (Writer, Educator), Holly Bass (Visual Artist, Poet, Journalist)

4-5PM - Expanding Notions of Black Masculinity: Gender and Identity in Visual and Performance Art
Panelists discuss issues of visibility for queer and trans artists working in contemporary art. We touch on themes of tokenism and how artists are currently working to combat negative stereotypes of Blackness and Queerness within the American Art Canon.
With: Thomas Lax - Moderator (Assistant Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem), Paul Mpagi Sepuya(Visual Artist), niv Acosta (Artist, Musician)

5-6PM -  Considering Contemporary Artistic Practices and the Distribution of “New” Black Creativity
Panelists discuss how the landscape for the performance and visual arts field has changed (or how it has stayed the same) since the ’90s. We discuss issues of distribution for experimentation for minority artists as well as issues of cultural bias towards outsider artists: those who don’t easily categorize within normative performance genres and traditions such as “modern dance and/or theater.”
With: Whitney V. Hunter - Moderator (Artist, Independent Curator, and Educator), Cosmo Whyte(Artist, Educator), Sherman Fleming (Artist, Educator), Ryann Holmes (Community Programming Director, MoCADA, Founder of bklyn boihood), Ni’Ja Whitson (Visual and Performing Artist)

6-6:30 Closing ConversationGregory Walker(Founding Director of The Brother’s Network) in dialogue with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya for DIS Magazine

Search Conversations Without Walls on Kickstarter

February 2, 2014 - 8:25pm


Search Conversations Without Walls on Kickstarter

Dinner with Ulrich Baer and Lyle Ashton Harris in NYC! Two great...

February 1, 2014 - 1:28pm


Dinner with Ulrich Baer and Lyle Ashton Harris in NYC! Two great creative minds…

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