Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language considers the legacy and diasporic impact of the visual artist Emory Douglas. As the Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party and the graphic artist of the Black Panther Party Newspaper, Emory Douglas’ vision of black radical politics as a set of aesthetic concerns graphs a grammar of global struggle. Douglas’ imagery of anti-black police brutality and economic/housing discrimination is interlaced with American Imperialist projects and anti-colonist struggles happening globally. The enhancement and saturation of vibrant colors, figurative refusal, kinship, and border crossing visions of justice are the dialectics of possibility. The immediacy of global terror is call to resistance by everyday folks, who are depicted as active icons in the project for liberation. Bold Visual Language locates these initial concerns of Douglas in a contemporary discourse amongst visual artists and current social movements.
This exhibition features historical Black Panther Party Newspaper’s from Southern California Library, posters of re-mixed images by Emory Douglas, and works by Sadie Barnette, Juan Capistrán, Patrick Martinez, and Caleb Duarte, a collaboration with women of the Zapatista community in Chiapas, México and Douglas.
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Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm.
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