The Shadows Took Shape is a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. 

The twenty-nine artists featured in The Shadows Took Shape work in a wide variety of media, including photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia installation. Participating artists include Derrick AdamsJohn AkomfrahLaylah AliEdgar ArceneauxSanford BiggersEdgar Cleijne + Ellen GallagherWilliam Cordova (in collaboration with Nyeema Morgan and Otabenga Jones & Associates), Cristina De MiddelKhaled HafezTrenton Doyle HancockKira Lynn HarrisKiluanji Kia HendaWayne HodgeDavid Huffman, Cyrus KabiruWanuri KahiuHew LockeMehreen MurtazaWangechi MutuHarold OffehThe Otolith GroupRobert PruittSun RaRAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣLili Reynaud-DewarLarissa SansourCauleen SmithWilliam Villalongo and Saya Woolfalk.

This 160 page exhibition catalogue is fully illustrated (designed by Kimberly Varella of Content Object, Los Angeles), with twenty-nine artist entries and essays by the exhibition’s curators; an introduction by Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden; and newly commissioned essays by foremost scholars and writers Tegan Bristow; Samuel R. Delany; Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid; Kodwo Eshun; and Alondra Nelson; and a tumblr page, shadowstookshape.tumblr.com.

The Shadows Took Shape is organized by Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator and Zoe Whitley, independent curator.