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The Met’s New Afrofuturist Room Asks ‘What If?’

A big draw at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has always been its rooms devoted to certain periods of interior design. Its latest such room showcases the interiors of the African diaspora in an exhibition entitled ‘Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.’    The installation envisions what further growth would have occurred in New York’s Black community if it had been allowed to thrive—or even just exist. The exhibition designers (which include Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler, among other collaborators) worked alongside Met curators to bring together a selection of historical works from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as contemporary art and objects by more than 10 artists to outfit the space.