“Contemporary Africana culture, music, dance, art, and film, represents some of the world’s most spirited, aesthetic and inspiring popular culture.”
Ludlow Bailey, a curator of culture as art, art broker, writer and art advisor, is extremely passionate about contemporary global African Diaspora culture. Currently Managing Director of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (CADA), a multi- media platform designed to present and promote the visual art culture of the African Diaspora. Mr. Bailey has travelled extensively throughout the African Diaspora and is considered one of the leading experts on Contemporary African Diaspora Art. He is currently working as an art advisor with some of the most important museums, galleries and private collections in London, New York, Paris, Chicago, Cape Town, Washington, D.C, Lagos, Accra and the Caribbean. Mr. Bailey regularly attends many of the world’s leading art fairs and museums. He has curated 55 visual art shows in the last decade.
Mr. Bailey was educated at Brown University, Harvard University, Columbia University, The American Classical School in Rome, The University of Dakar, The University of Ghana and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
“Roots of the Spirit”
Roots of the Spirit is a multimedia art exhibition curated by Ludlow E. Bailey, focused on African spirituality as it relates to the global African Diasporic cultural production in music, art, film, theology, theater, fashion and dance.
Mr. Bailey designed the show for ArtServe in order to celebrate and to visualize some of the rudimentary elements of the metaphysical and spiritual infrastructure of contemporary global African aesthetics and visual cultural expressions.
The show includes an African American puppetry collection from the Miramar Trust and an important contemporary art section on Haitian spiritual culture from The Jean-Daniel Lafontant Collection.
With a fluid combination of gendered, transcultural and global themes, the Roots of the Spirit exhibition investigates the rich and varied Africa-centered cosmological and cultural leitmotifs highlighted in the works of a brilliant array of artistic talents representing some of the most creative and cutting edge contemporary African Diaspora masterpieces currently available on the art market.
This exhibition in many ways represents an insightful overview of some of the transatlantic dialogue describing the changing African Diaspora art landscape, while also documenting the significant and empowering philosophical and cultural ideas emerging from Africa and its diasporic expressions.