This board surveys a number of influential artists, and it explores the role of art as a means of working out public memory, criticizing the status quo, and…
I wanted to write a poem that rhymes but revolution doesn't lend itself to be-bopping then my neighbor who thinks I hate asked - do you ever write tree poems - I like trees so I thought I'll write a beautiful green tree poem peeked from my window to check the image noticed the school yard was covered with asphalt no green - no trees grow in manhattan then, well, I thought the sky I'll do a big blue sky poem but all the clouds have winged... ~ Nikki Giovanni, "For Saundra," 1968
"There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are." ~ Nina Simone Artist: Brandan Odums As a part of Project Be, Odums painted this graffiti-style mural inside the ruined remains of the Florida public housing development in the 9th Ward. -- New Orleans, Louisiana.
In this painting titled, “Behind the Myth of Benevolence” a portrait of a silver-haired man is peeled back like a fallen drape, revealing behind it a nude depiction of a black woman, gazing at the viewer. As with this painting, many of the works allude to the historical absence of African Americans and women from the verbal and visual canons of the West ( 2014, oil on canvas 59 x 34 x 6 inches). Artist: Titus Kapha, from his show, “Drawing the Blinds”
"Culture is a weapon." ~ Emory Douglas Douglas is an artist, illustrator and the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party and is author of the book “Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas." “Whether the people like it or not, you’ve got to bring it to their attention,” Emory Douglas told a room full of students and faculty during a presentation at Merritt College’s Student Lounge on February 18th, 2014.