The Museum of UnCut Funk isn’t a traditional brick and mortar display art house.
Nope, it’s a virtual presence and traveling exhibition created and curated by Pamela Thomas, aka Sista ToFunky. From the website you’ll be transported to an era of afro’s, bellbottoms and icons. You’ll also find a virtual collection of artifacts that goes beyond the general blaxploitation and represents an era of Black Pride and purposefulness.
Before we delve too deep into the Museum of UnCut Funk lets step back to October of last year. Sometimes you meet someone or go some place and your perspective gets skewed. For me this happened at New York Comic Con 2015, the biggest comic book convention on the East Coast. I was inundated with vendors hawking their goods and folks making moves. I was starting to go a bit numb, and trying to fight through it to get to the good stuff and found myself losing sight of the real gems. That was the case when I first met Sista ToFunky.
She was at the convention representing the Museum at the AfroFutureFest booth. I was so caught up in the madness of Comic Con that my mind couldn’t connect the dots of funkyness in front of me. Luckily the Funk smiled down on me and gave me a do-over in this assignment to speak with Sista ToFunky about the Museum, its history, its mission and its future.
The Museum’s origin starts with Thomas’s former art gallery in Summit, New Jersey, which was affected by the events of September 11th. When the clientele didn’t come back, the gallery had to be creative in transitioning to its next phase. Taking stock and cataloging the art on hand, an interesting collection of contemporary art with a significant portion consisting of animation from Disney and Warner Brothers, she wondered “where are the black cartoons?”
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Source: BlackSci-Fi.com, George Carmona, March 30, 2016