The Wright Museum’s latest must-see exhibition is “Afrofuturism in Costume Design“. Built around the Academy Award winning work of costume designer, Ruth E. Carter, this exhibit features the original outfits of iconic films like Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Amistad, The Butler, Marshall, Selma, Dolemite Is My Name, Coming 2 America, and even Black Panther and Wakanda Forever!
The exhibit opened in Detroit in early October and features the costumes of over 60 major films, but only for a limited time because it will move to another city after March 31, 2024!
The Afrofuturism exhibit focuses on Carter’s ability to communicate complex concepts such as race, politics, and culture through the art of costume design in a way that evokes a deep sense of pride and representation. Hitting all the notes of tradition and passion, this is definitely a fascinating exhibit that can bring out the creativity in anyone.
What is afrofuturism?
Afrofutirism, according to Carter herself can best be defined as “using technology and intertwining it with imagination, self-expression, and an entrepreneurial spirit, promoting a philosophy for Black Americans, Africans, and Indigenous people to believe and create without the limiting construct of slavery and colonialism.”
It is a difficult task to convey these powerful yet subtle visuals that communicate the strength of African traditions along with breathtaking modern designs.
Who is Ruth E. Carter?
Ruth E. Carter is a world-class costume designer who has an incredible resume including working on films such as Black Panther, Wakanda Forever, Malcolm X, and Dolemite Is My Name amongst many more. She was responsible for winning Marvel its first Oscar, taking home the prize for her costume design work in Black Panther back in 2018.
She has worked with many notable directors, such as Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Coogler.
This exhibit is not only a celebration of Carter’s success but also a cultural experience that takes you through the historical development of Afrofuturism and its role in costume design.
This exhibit won’t be here forever, so take advantage and see it before it’s too late!
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