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Feb 4—Apr 16, 2023
“Art is Energy”: Lorraine Hansberry, World Builder

Curated for BAM by Soyica Diggs Colbert

“Always have been. A fool who believes that death is waste and love is sweet and that the earth turns and men change every day and that rivers run and that people want to be better than they are and that flowers smell good and that I hurt terribly today, and that hurt is desperation and desperation is—energy and energy can move things ...” Sidney Brustein in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window.

“Art is Energy”: Lorraine Hansberry, World Builder presents, some for the first time, photographs, letters, recordings, and published and unpublished writings by Lorraine Hansberry. The exhibition mixes mediums to evocatively capture Hansberry’s multiplicity—the world that she inhabited and the one she created in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. The exhibition was curated by Soyica Diggs Colbert and made possible through generous partnerships with Joi Gresham and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research library of the New York Public Library (NYPL); and Alison Saar and The Lorraine Hansberry Initiative.

Alison Saar’s sculpture To Sit A While, on view through March 19 in "Art is Energy": Lorraine Hansberry, World Builder, is part of an initiative that honors Hansberry and supports those who follow in her footsteps by raising money for women and non-binary BIPOC dramatic writers.


On view 90 minutes prior to all performances in the BAM Strong

All events will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

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Saturday February 04, 2023
No performances this day.
Performance dates are highlighted in white.

Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives provided by Charles J. & Irene F. Hamm


Leadership support for the Shelby White & Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive, a program of the BAM Hamm Archives, provided by:

JL Greene


Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives provided by The Thompson Family Foundation


Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Toby Devan Lewis

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Toby Devan Lewis

“I For One Would Like”
“I For One Would Like”
— In the recording, Hansberry establishes the roots of American democracy in a radical tradition exemplified by white abolitionist John Brown.
“We Are One People”
“We Are One People”
— In this speech, given at a rally in Croton-on-Hudson on June 16, 1963, Hansberry affirmed her commitment to mass movements for change. This speech follows a May 24, 1963 meeting in which Hansberry and a group of civil rights activists (including James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Rip Torn, and Lena Horne) met with the US Attorney General Robert Kennedy to discuss “the civil rights issue” in general and school desegregation in particular.
Integration into a Burning House
“Integration into a Burning House”
— “Integration into a Burning House” is an excerpt from a radio symposium on the Negro writer in America on January 1, 1961.
“The Beauty of Things”
“The Beauty of Things”
— ​​An Interview of Hansberry by Mike Wallace, May 8, 1959.
“I Saw Your Play”
“I Saw Your Play”
— Part 2 of the Interview with Mike Wallace, May 8, 1959.
“My Government is Wrong”
“My Government is Wrong”
— A recording of Hansberry’s speech at a mass meeting at Manhattan Center during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“Towards a New Black”
“Towards a New Black”
— In the speech, Hansberry details that Black militancy is not new but exists, rather, in a long history of Black freedom struggles.