Panel Discussions: Artists from “Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement”

As part of its commemoration of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents two panel discussions with several of the artists featured in the exhibition Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement.

From 10 a.m. to noon, Detroit artists Allie McGhee, Rita Dickerson, Tylonn Sawyer and Sydney James will discuss their art, the Detroit art scene for African American artists from the 1960s to the present, and issues surrounding the idea of African American Art as being inherently political.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., members of artists’ collectives established in the 1960s to combat racial, social and political injustices will talk about the advantages of being a member of a collective. Artists Wadsworth Jarrell, Jae Jarrell, Anthony Barboza and Ademola Olugebefola will discuss their art as members of AfriCOBRA, Kamoinge and Weusi respectively.

The discussions will be moderated by Valerie J. Mercer, curator and department head of the DIA’s GM Center for African American Art and Juana Williams, GM Center research assistant/intern for exhibitions and programs.

Image: 1967: Death in the Algiers Motel and Beyond, 2017, Rita Dickerson, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

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