[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 The show will also feature unpublished photos by the late 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. 
JoyceGordonGallery.com <http://JoyceGordonGallery.com>/

*/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. 
SepiaCollective.com <http://SepiaCollective.com>/

*/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. 
Oakland.ImpactHub.net <http://Oakland.ImpactHub.net>/

*/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 
California*

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 
<http://BPP50th.com>).

/Free–$15.95. October 8–February 12. 1000 Oak St., Oakland. MuseumCA.org 
<http://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. 
Journlism.Berkeley.edu <http://Journlism.Berkeley.edu>/

*/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 
<http://OaklandLibrary.org>/


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