Text by Anthony Thompson Adeagbo. Visual Art by Renaldo Davidson.
Langston Hughes lived with strong racial pride and was unashamedly black at a time when blackness was démodé. His work explored the conditions of his people who lived, worked, and survived in spite of great adversity. Langston Hughes’ poetry and fiction focused on the working class and everyday ordinary African-Americans. “My seeking has been to explain and illuminate the Negro condition in America and obliquely that of all human kind.”A “people’s poet,” Hughes confronted racial stereotypes, protested social conditions, and sought to uplift his people.
In the new work from Anthony Thompson Adeagbo and Renaldo Davidson, entitled Langston Hughes: The Black Clown Performance Art Exhibition, an arrangement of Hughes’ dramatic monologue, The Black Clown, is performed by Adeagbo in collaboration with Renaldo Davidson’s exhibition of visual pieces inspired by Hughes’ monologue, the life of Bert Williams, and Abbey Lincoln’s poem, Where Are The African Gods?. Read the full article in TRIBES Summer 2012 issue.