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New Art School modality “FESTAC course” broadsheet for 2024 Lagos Biennial. Courtesy of Chaski No.

About the Event

Students from the New Art School Modality “festac course” share a 25-minute film documenting their research and artistic responses to studying FESTAC 77’, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, which took place in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1977. A discussion follows the screening.

CART captioning is available for this event.

About the New Art School Modality

About the Course

In the fall of 2023, the New Art School Modality, founded by Romi Crawford, launched at the MCA with a 10-week course, FESTAC ’77: Witnesses, Art Histories, and Documents. The faculty included FESTAC ’77 participants as well as artists, art historians, and authors of key texts and art histories on FESTAC, as well as those with expertise and knowledge in relevant areas. Course outcomes were featured at the 2024 Lagos Biennial in February.

Participants of the fall 2023 session of the New Art School Modality who contributed video sketches of their projects to the film include Haerim Lee, Ekalan Hou, Spencer Hutchinson, Myriam Zarhloul, Karen Predestin, Learenna Reynolds, Lloyd Rice Jr, Douglas Williams, Antoinette Myers Perry, Emilia Mello, Chaski No, Analise Samantha Delphine Sesay, Chris Wray, Ryan Tenney, Taylor Harriett Payton, and Petra Matić.

The faculty included Darlene Blackburn, Romi Crawford, Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, Ntone Edjabe/Chimurenga, Gerald Williams, Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’, Haki Madhubuti, Dindga McCannon, Abdul Alkalimat, K. Kofi Moyo, Roy Lewis, and Andrew Apter.

About the School

The New Art School Modality explores and brings to life new forms of teaching, learning, art production, and impact. The school is grounded in an ethos of collaboration, experimentation, and improvisation. The New Art School Modality offers a revised version of the art school model, methods, and procedures. It is conceived as a different take on, or an alternative approach to, art school education, one that has fewer guard rails and institutional protocols. There’s intentionally less handholding and the apparatus is reduced, all of this as a nod to prior historical moments when making art and being an artist were less reliant on costly infrastructures. Courses are hybrid, online and in-person. Unlike place-based art schools, it is decentralized, taking up different “perches.”


Lead support for Learning programs at the MCA is provided by Jana and Bernardo Hees.

Major support for Learning programs at the MCA is provided by Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund and an anonymous donor.

Additional generous support is provided by the Friends of Edwin A. Bergman Fund, the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, Diane Kahan, The Marshall Frankel Foundation, D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundations.

Lead support for the New Art School Modality is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.