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“DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance”

August 26, 2016

The Party: Accompanied by a drummer and decked out in Yoruba garb, complete with a mask of white shells, Atlanta-based scholar-artist Fahamu Pecou led a procession from the Maritime Center to the Halsey Institute, where crowds gathered for the opening of his exhibit, “Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance.” The exhibit, which is on display through October 8, explores black culture, with hip-hop references and nods to West African roots. In the packed Halsey gallery, attendees craned their necks and munched on hors d‘oeuvres while waiting for a chance to catch a glimpse of the artist’s gorgeous figure paintings.

Highlights: A graffiti print referencing the late Jean-Michel Basquiat on the entrance wall of the exhibit

Overheard: “I practice Yoruba, so it’s always good to see it represented. I like that people are open-minded to the culture—it helps break barriers.”