Art Exhibit Honors 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party

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Emory Douglas and the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC)
 are presenting “The Point Is…2.0,” a group exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP) with a focus on the BPP’s 10-Point Program and it relevance in the 21st Century.

 

 

The exhibit will be held from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29 at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St. in downtown Oakland.

 

The opening reception will be Friday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

A panel discussion featuring Emory Douglass and other BPP member artists will be Saturday, Oct. 8, noon – 2:30 p.m.

 

The Black Panther Party 10-Point Program Children’s Coloring Book Day will be Saturday, Oct. 22, noon – 4 p.m.

 

A panel discussion “Where Do We Go From Here?” will feature art collective members Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Artists include Tarika Lewis, Akinsanya Kambon, Ducho Dennis, Duane Deterville, Rage Souljah, Chris Herod and Refa One.

 

The exhibit is curated by OMAC’s Duane Deterville and Refa One and Gallery curator Eric Murphy.
The Oakland Maroons Art Collective was formed in 2012. In keeping with its mission to re- inscribe the spirit of the Black Arts Movement for the 21st Century, the artists curated the original “The Point Is….” exhibit at the First Love Gallery in Oakland honoring the anniversary of the Black Panther Party.

 

In October 2016, OMAC, in collaboration with Joyce Gordon Gallery, will showcase images in multiple media on the theme of the Black Panther Party’s community 10-Point Program.

 

The program was drafted by the BPP founders Huey P. Newton and Bobbie Seale in Oakland California in October 1966 as a set of demands addressed to the government of the United States.

 

Each of these points has been interpreted by the artists of the Oakland Maroons Art Collective along with three of the original Black Panther Party’s official artists.

Amongst the artists represented in this exhibit are Emory Douglass, the original Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party and Tarika Lewis, the first woman to join the BPP.

 

Both of these artists were responsible for developing some of the earliest imagery for the BPP through its newspaper. Emory Douglass’ presence in this exhibit is particularly notable because of his seminal contributions to the West Coast Black Arts Movement through his theater set designs.

 

The presence of his work in this show is significant because the collective views itself as the continuation of the Black Arts Movement in the 21st Century.

 

Also featured are unpublished photographs by the late Ducho Dennis, master artist and official photographer from the Black Panther Party. His posthumous work and legacy lives on through his son and featured artist Refa 1.

 

For information go to www.joycegordongallery.com or contact gallery curator Eric Murphy at [email protected]

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