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Lexington artists to discuss Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ at Lyric Theatre

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

Lexington artists Bianca Spriggs and Angel Clark will host a screening of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade, followed by a roundtable discussion, Tuesday afternoon at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.

Since its April 23 release, Lemonade has sparked widespread conversation about its overall meaning and its treatment of social and political topics such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

“With Lemonade, Beyoncé has cemented her status as an artist who requires our attention and must be taken seriously,” MSNBC’s Adam Howard wrote. “Even if one is not a fan or {cq} her music or persona, she has the influence and reach to start national conversations and establish trends. When she stood boldly before the word feminist on stage two years ago at the MTV Video Music Awards, or in this new project when she pointedly appears in a black hoodie, her actions have consequences and speak to broader constituencies than anyone else in music – for better or worse.”

Spriggs, whose new collection of poems is Call Her by Her Name, and Clark have not shied away from controversy or provocative discussions in their own careers. Among their collaborations are The Thirteen, an exhibit about the 13 black women or girls lynched or violently murdered in Kentucky that was shown at Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery and The SwallowTale Project, a initiative to “capture narratives and poems of incarcerated women,” according to a description of the project’s resulting book.

The Beyoncé discussion, titled Who Spiked the Lemonade?, will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Lyric. Admission is free.

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