The DuSable Museum of African American History

AFRICOBRA—The DuSable Programming

AFRICOBRA—The DuSable Programming

AFRICOBRATHE DUSABLE MUSEUM PROGRAMMING

See the AFRICOBRA in Chicago OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE here.

Friday, July 26, 2013 – 7:00PM-9:00PM – “AFRICOBRA: Art & Impact” – Opening Reception
Join us in celebrating the opening of our newest exhibit, AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact which honors the Chicago artist group, AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). AfriCOBRA’s founding members, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Gerald Williams, came together in 1968 on the South Side of Chicago and had a lasting impact on peers and subsequent generations of artists, writers, actors, dancers, and musicians. As part of this special evening, you will enjoy guided tours of the exhibition, a light dinner, and also music and dance performances inspired by the legacy of the AfriCOBRA movement.

AFRICOBRA in Chicago is co-presented by three South Side institutions: The South Side Community Arts Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the DuSable Museum of African American History. This is a FREE event. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

Thursday, August 8, 2013 – 7:00PM-9:00PM – Gallery Talk with Arlene Crawford
In this gallery talk, Arlene “Arty” Crawford, the curator of AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact, highlights featured masterpieces in the exhibition and discusses the members of the AfriCOBRA collective in Chicago and the subsequent incarnations of the group as it began to move beyond Chicago to the rest of the United States. Arlene is a practicing visual artist with a commitment to community and activism. She is an Executive Board member of the African American Arts Alliance and a founding member of the Sutherland Community Arts Initiative and Sapphire & Crystals, a collective of African American women artists.

AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact explores works produced by the artist collective AFRICOBRA, formed in 1968 on the South Side of Chicago. Still in existence today, AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) worked to make African-American art something unique in society, using different techniques to display aspects of blackness in their artwork.
This is a FREE event. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 – 7:00PM-9:00PM – AfriCOBRA: Art & Impact – Behind the Canvas
In Chicago 1968, a group of artists came together and began to define a uniquely black aesthetic in visual arts. They sought to make art that spoke directly to the needs, aspirations and experiences of black America, and that celebrated what was beautiful and heroic about black culture. In “Behind the Canvas,” Dr. Carol Adams, cultural arts expert and CEO of the DuSable Museum, leads a discussion with members and protégés of the AfriCOBRA collective about the inspirations behind their incomparable and emotive masterpieces.
This is a FREE event. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

September 1-29, 2013 – 10:00AM-5:00PM –AfriCOBRA: Art for the People – Daily Screening
Juan Delcan and Kenny Morrison of NOLA Pictures co-directed this TV Land documentary about Chicago-based art collective AfriCOBRA (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), a powerful voice in the African-American arts community. AfriCOBRA: Art for the People tells the four-decades-plus history of this extraordinary group of artists, taking viewers from the collective’s earliest days in Chicago at the height of the American civil rights movement to its current ongoing success. Using a blend of archived and original footage, Delcan and Morrison present compelling interviews and historic still shots to introduce AfriCOBRA’s most influential artists, point to the group’s defining moments, and break down the artworks’ various layers, including the meaning of common themes of color and shapes. 

Run Time: 30 minutes. FREE with Museum admission. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290

Sunday, September 29, 2013 – 2:00PM-4:00PM – “AFRICOBRA: Art & Impact” – Closing Reception
In honor of the artists of AfriCOBRA, and to commemorate the closing of the joint exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago, The South Side Community Arts Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and The DuSable Museum invite you to a special reception featuring electrifying performances and guided tours of the exhibition, AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact.

AFRICOBRA in Chicago

Through music, poetry, and dance, emerging artists will pay homage to AfriCOBRA by presenting original, dynamic responses to the works that have been featured in the three part exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago. The exhibition, which is one of three exhibitions within AFRICOBRA in Chicago, closes on Sunday, September 29th. AFRICOBRA in Chicago explores works produced by the African-American artist collective AFRICOBRA, formed in 1968 on the South Side of Chicago. Still in existence today, AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) worked to make African-American art something unique in society, using different techniques to display aspects of blackness in their artwork. 

Admission is $10.00. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290

AFRICOBRA Schedule

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This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

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