Nov 15, 2022, 7pm

Blank Forms 5th Annual Gala Honoring Thulani Davis

Tickets

Gala hosted by Arthur Jafa.

 

COMMITTEE*: McArthur Binion, Patricia Cruz, Charles Gaines, Greene Naftali Gallery, Jessica Hagedorn, Jane Hait and Justin Beal, Tobi Haslett, Arthur Jafa, Robin D.G. Kelley, Glenn Ligon, Fred Moten, Bernadette Speach, Julia Trotta, Charline von Heyl and Christopher Wool

 

BLANK FORMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS: David Grubbs, Robbie Lee, Moriah Evans, Margo Somma, Nadia Berenstein, Arani Bose, Joe Grimm, Hannah Hoffman, Lawrence Kumpf, Alexander Lau, Josiah McElheny, Louise Neri, Marina Rosenfeld, Kim Schnaubert, Jacques Louis Vidal, Andros Zins-Browne

 

THULANI DAVIS (b. 1949) is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works include poetry, theater, journalism, history, and film. Her engagement with African American life, culture, and history is distinguished by poetic economy, passionate musicality, and an investigative concern for justice. While a student at Barnard College, the Virginia native was “schooled” for her debut spoken word event by Gylan Kain and Felipe Luciano of the Original Last Poets, jumpstarting a life of performance that would have her put words to music by Cecil Taylor, Joseph Jarman, Juju, Arthur Blythe, Miya Masaoka, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Tania León, and others. Living in San Francisco in the ’70s, she joined the Third World Artists Collective, collaborated with Ntozake Shange, and worked for the San Francisco Sun-Reporter, covering stories such as the Soledad Brothers trial and the Angela Davis case before returning to New York and continuing to incite radical political thought as a reporter and critic for the Village Voice for over a decade. This experience as a journalist blazes through her historical fiction and other writing, breathing anecdotal life into the experiences of actors on American history who have remained unnamed as a result of bondage and other unjust erasures. Davis has collaborated with her cousin, composer Anthony Davis, writing the libretti for the operas X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, and Amistad, and wrote the scripts for the films Paid in Full and Maker of Saints, as well as several award-winning PBS documentaries. In 1993, her writing for Aretha Franklin’s Queen of Soul – The Atlantic Recordings made her the first woman to win a Grammy for liner notes, and her bibliography additionally includes My Confederate Kinfolk, novels 1959 and Maker of Saints, and several works of poetry. She is an ordained Buddhist priest in the Jodo Shinshu sect, founded the Brooklyn Buddhist Association with her husband Joseph Jarman, and is currently an assistant professor in the department of Afro-American studies and a Nellie Y. McKay Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Davis continues to explore the relationship between music and language as well as the ways we define being American and deal with race with her forthcoming book The Emancipation Circuit: Black Activism Forging a Culture of Freedom (Duke University Press) and poetry collection Nothing but the Music: Documentaries from Nightclubs, Lofts, Dance Halls & A Tailor’s Shop in Dakar (Blank Forms Editions). 

 

*committee still in formation 

 

Additional details to be announced.

 

To purchase tables or tickets please contact Corinne Daniel: corinne@blankforms.org

 

$25,000 Lead Sponsor Table (10 tickets)

  • Priority front row table for ten guests with table service, dinner and drinks
  • Complimentary Blank Forms All-Access memberships for two, and Friend memberships for guests
  • Complimentary Blank Forms tote bags and selected 2022 Blank Forms publications for all ten guests
  • Lead Gala Sponsor listing in print and online and special name recognition on the Benefit Committee
  • $23,900 tax deductible

 

$10,000 Benefactor Table (10 tickets)

  • Priority table for ten guests with table service, dinner and drinks
  • Complimentary Blank Forms Friend memberships for all ten guests
  • Complimentary Blank Forms tote bags and Blank Forms anthology for all ten guests
  • Special name recognition on the benefit committee list in print and online
  • $9,160 tax deductible

 

$7,500 Patron Table (10 tickets)

  • Table for ten guests with table service, dinner and drinks
  • Complimentary Blank Forms All-Access membership for two
  • Complimentary Blank Forms tote bags and Blank Forms anthology for all ten guests
  • Name recognition on the benefit committee list in print and online
  • $6,660 tax deductible

 

$2,500 Honoree Ticket(s)

$1,000 Benefactor Ticket(s)

$750 Patron Ticket(s)

$500 Ticket(s)

  • non-deductible portion is $80 / ticket