Since their arrival in the Americas, African people have animated objects in a rich variety of forms and contexts reflecting their experiences and identity. This exhibition presents the work of African American puppeteers and the evolution of African American object performance.


In addition to the Living Objects exhibition at the Ballard Institute we are presenting performances, discussions, and a Living Objects Symposium and Festival at UConn’s Storrs and Hartford campuses February 7-10, 2019. See our website and facebook page for details.


These texts are about the history, variety, and contemporary significance of African American puppet and object performance, something rarely considered as its own subject. The essays bring together a variety of intersecting disciplines as a contribution to further scholarship in the field.