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Alper Initiative at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center Presents Art for Social Justice Group Exhibition

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary, edition 275/300,1972. Serigraph on wove paper, 26 x 33 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary, edition 275/300,1972. Serigraph on wove paper, 26 x 33 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10 from 6pm to 9pm

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Washington artists respond to the graphics of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas with sculpture, paintings, photography and multi-media installations. The exhibition features Emory Douglas and members of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (“AFRICOBRA”): Jeff Donaldson, Akili Ron Anderson, James Phillips, Jae Jarrell and Wadsworth Jarrell. Collectively, they create a powerful lens to the sociopolitical landscape of the late 1960s and 70s that helps to visualize the 1967 Black Panther Party 10-point platform. The exhibition also includes artists examining these same issues 50 years later: Holly Bass, Wesley Clark, Jay Coleman, Larry Cook, Tim Davis, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Shaunté Gates, Amber Robles Gordon, Njena Surae-Jarvis, Simmie Knox, Graham Boyle, Beverly Price, Jennifer Grey, Sheldon Scott, Frank Smith, Stan Squirewell and Hank Willis Thomas.

Additional Events:

  • September 29
    6pm to 8pm
    Film screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
    Free, open to the public.
  • October 8
    2pm to 3:30pm
    The Creative Process of Bringing Truth to Power: The Art of the Black Panthers and AFRICOBRA
    A discussion with artists and scholars of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s including Paul Coates (Black Panther), DeRay McKessan (Black Lives Matter), Trayon White (Ward 8 Coun- cilmember), Kathleen Cleaver (Black Panther), and Dean Freelon (Beyond the Hashtag)
    This event is free and open to the public. RSVP Required: www.tinyurl.com/AlperTickets
  • October 9
    5pm to 7pm at Busboys & Poets
    Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter Poetry & Jazz
    With U Street Jazz Collective and Poetry Slam
  • October 15
    2pm to 3:30pm
    Riffing on the Legacy of the Black Arts Movement
    A moderated artist’s talk including Delusions of Grandeur: Amber Robles Gordon, Shaunte Graes, Larry Cook, Jamea Richmond Edwards, Stan Squirewell, and Wesley Clark. Moderated by Lisa Gail Collins, author of New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement and artist Valerie Maynard.
    This event is free and open to the public. RSVP Required: www.tinyurl.com/AlperTickets
  • October 16
    6pm to 8pm at Busboys & Poets (5th and K St. NW)
    Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter: Still Seeking Justice 50 Years Later
    Hosted by Tony Verona, Dean of AU’s Washington College of Law; moderated by Kojo Nmandi (WAMU 88.5 host, former Black Panther member and SNCC) and Ky- mone Freeman. Participants include: Paul Coates (Black Panther), DeRay McKessan (Black Lives Matter) Trayon White (Ward 8 Councilmember), Kathleen Cleaver (Black Panther), and Dean Freelon (Beyond the Hashtag)

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

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