Exhibition: Black Panther Rank and File
Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena, San Francisco
First Floor Galleries: Mar 18 - Jul 2, 2006
Pirkle Jones, Women, Free Huey Rally, Oakland, 1968
We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community.
So begins the ten-point political platform of the Black Panther Party. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Party, Black Panther Rank and File offers a multifaceted look at one of the 20th century's most controversial and inspirational organizations.
The exhibition pairs rare artifacts--never-before-released documents, recordings, film clips and archival photos, including seminal historical photography--with artworks inspired by the movement and reflecting its liberating ideals. A range of photography, film and artworks from leading contemporary artists will reflect upon the Party's lasting legacy. Also on view will be works by artists who were creating during the rise of the Party. This complex and powerful exhibition uses the Black Panther Party as a lens through which we can explore the role artists play in inspiring social change, and in remembering and reflecting on human struggle and achievement.
Barkley L. Hendricks
Lonnie Bradley Holley
It's About Time
Kerry James Marshall
Daniel J. Martinez
Refa 1, Steve Jones and Toons
Carrie Mae Weems