The DePaul Museum of Art and DePaul University Library have partnered to create research guides to accompany DPAM exhibitions. This guide serves as a starting point for conducting research about the artists, works of art, and context of items in the exhibition.
Krista Franklin, Made in Chicago, 2021. Watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, and collage.
Influenced by D. Scot Miller's “AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the new Black", Krista Franklin's Solo(s) exhibition key themes include Afrosurrealism, Afrofuturism, Negritude, Black Feminism, Liberation Theology, Sexuality, Gender Identity and Intersectionality. Solo(s) is a journey into utopian, dystopian, metaphysical, spiritual, and metaphorical realms of existence and experience from an African and Black Diaspora lens.
Miller on Afro-Futurism:
Afro-Futurism is a diaspora intellectual and artistic movement that turns to science, technology, and science fiction to speculate on black possibilities in the future. Afro-Surrealism is about the present. There is no need for tomorrow’s-tongue speculation about the future.
Miller on Afro-Surrealism:
An Afro-Surreal aesthetic addresses these lost legacies and reclaims the souls of our cities...
Afro-Surreal presupposes that beyond this visible world, there is an invisible world striving to manifest, and it is our job to uncover it.