Thursday, August 8, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
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.