[News] Seven Must-See East Bay Exhibits that Honor the Black Panther Party's Fiftieth Anniversary
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Seven Must-See East Bay Exhibits that Honor the Black Panther Party's
Fiftieth Anniversary | East Bay Express
Sarah Burke - October 5, 2016
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Panther Party's
founding in Oakland. And the East Bay's creative community is showing up
full force to honor the party's remarkable legacy. Some shows feature
legendary Panther artists, such as Emory Douglas, the Black Panther
Party's official Minister of Culture, while others showcase emerging,
contemporary talent influenced by the Panthers' work. Then, there’s
ephemera from the Panthers' prime that offers a window into a political
moment that still resonates today. To guide you in your Panther
appreciation this month, a selection of these shows:
*/The Point is... 2.0/ at Joyce Gordon Gallery
This show will feature works by seminal illustrator and original
minister of culture for the Black Panthers Emory Douglas, along with the
Oakland Maroons Art Collective: Tarika Lewis, Akinsanya Kambon, Ducho
Dennis, Duane Deterville, Rage Souljah, Chris Herod, and Refa One. The
multimedia pieces will honor the Panther's ten-point program, a set of
demands and precepts from 1966 addressed to the United States
government. The show will also feature unpublished photos by the late
Ducho Dennis, Master Artist and official photographer for the Black
Panthers. Events include an artist talk at the October 7 reception, a
panel featuring Emory Douglas and other Black Panther artists on October
8, and a panel discussion featuring the Oakland Maroons Art Collective
on October 27. /Free. October 7–29. 406 14th St., Oakland.
*/ICONIC: Black Panther/ at American Steel Studios*
Produced by Sepia Art Collective, this show features more than forty
artists from the Bay Area and beyond, honoring Panther icons.
Contributors include Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza (who together
make the activist screenprinting duo Dignidad Rebelde), migrant activist
and artist Favianna Rodriguez, artistic power duo Karen and Malik
Seneferu, masterful installation artist and painter Bryan Keith Thomas,
legendary painter and historian Dr. Samella Lewis, and street artist
Shepard Fairy (behind the Obama "Hope" poster), alongside many other
notable names — including Emory Douglas.
/Free. October 7–November 6./ /1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland.
*/Survival Pending Revolution: Black Panther Party 50/ and /Comrade
Sister/ at Omi Gallery*
This show features rare ephemera from the collection of Oakland-based
archivist Lisbet Tellefsen, including never-before-seen photographs,
original prints, posters, and newspapers promoting the Panthers'
Community Survival Programs. /Comrade Sister/ will fill the Omi upstairs
gallery with contemporary works inspired by the women of the Black
Panther Party, featuring artists Tarika Lewis, Karen Seneferu, Ain
Baily, Marnika Shelton, and others. An opening reception on October 7
will host a roundtable with Davey D Cook, Ericka Huggins, Lisbet
Tellefsen, Emory Douglas, Hodari Davis, and Ashara Ekundayo.
/Free. October 7–January 7. 2323 Broadway, Oakland.
*/50 Years Later: The Art Show /at SoleSpace *
Solespace’s homage is a youth-driven show featuring both fashion and
visual art. Among the works will be Madow Futur Season One, a clothing
collection that honors the Black Power Movement. The show’s opening on
October 7 from 5–10 p.m. will also offer music and drinks.
Free. 1714 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Solespace.com <http://Solespace.com>
*/All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50/ at Oakland Museum of
This sprawling exhibition will feature historical artifacts,
first-person accounts, and Panther-inspired contemporary art that will
highlight how the social movement and political party still shapes our
lives today. (Look for a full review in next week's paper.) Coinciding
with the exhibit, the museum will also be the venue for the Black
Panthers' official commemoration and celebration, including a three-day
conference from October 20–23. (For details, visit BPP50th.com
/Free–$15.95. October 8–February 12. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. MuseumCA.org
*/Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers/ at UC Berkeley*
This fall, the corridors of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of
Journalism will be hung with photographs by Stephen Shames, a former UC
Berkeley student who served as one of the most trusted photographers for
the Black Panther Party. Panther Chairman Bobby Seale was a mentor to
Shames, and Shames stayed by his side from when they met in 1967 through
Seale's campaign for Oakland mayor in 1973. Shames' portraits of Seal
and the Black Panther Party are some of the most intimate and nuanced
around. On October 19, both Seale and Shames will be present for a book
signing and presentation in Cal's Northgate Hall.
/Free. October 19–January 5. North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley.
*/Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panthers/ at
the African American Museum and Library at Oakland*
Suzun Lucia Lamaina spent five years traveling the country, capturing
the portraits and stories of former Black Panthers. This show features
those photos alongside transcribed interviews. Lamaina will be at the
opening reception on October 22 to give an artist talk and signs the
book version of her project, which will be on sale at the event.
Meanwhile, at the Oakland Library's main branch, see /Revolution is a
Daily Struggle: Remembering the Black Panther Party's Social Program/
for a more straightforward historical account featuring a wealth of
Black Panther Party ephemera (through November 30).
/Free. October 22–February 28. 659 14th St., Oakland. OaklandLibrary.org
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