Shifting Tides: The Past, The Present, and The Future of Black Literary Archives

Join the Scholars for the Preservation of the Black Literary Archive on a sensory voyage through time to examine black literary archives’ past, present, and future at the University at Buffalo. This show honors the accomplishments of black authors and invites visitors to engage in more in-depth conversations on the representation of black identity in the archive, both in terms of its material and immaterial presence as well as its absence. What demands do we impose on the historical artifacts that contain or suppress black subjectivity? What are our expectations regarding the form or legibility of these objects? What predictions can be made regarding the intergenerational processes that will continue to shape the presence of black writers in future literary lifecycles? In this archival exhibition, we will investigate these and other concerns.

Location: Poetry Collection of the UB Libraries
420 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm