In the wake of the 1968 Detroit rebellion, collectives like AfriCOBRA movement (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) gave birth to the concept of art making as a radical action. 52 years from that uprising, a cross-generational group of Twin Cities Black artists discuss how the George Floyd protests have awakened 21st century reanalysis of the commodification of Black art, art as a political weapon through radical self-expression, the history of communication through street art, who should acquire these important murals created during the unrest, and more.
Join fivexfive Public Art Consultant Robyne Robinson and panelists, Chioma Uwagwu, and Todd Lawrence of Urban Art Mapping Project, Precious Wallace of King P. Studio, Reggie LeFlore, Roger Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts, Seitu Jones, and Ta-Coumba Aiken in a discussion about the purpose, effect, and future of this type of art might be.
In-kind sponsors: African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, AIA Minnesota, Juxtaposition Arts, King P. Studio, KMOJ Radio, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota Museum of American Art, National Organization of Minority Architects, Public Art Saint Paul, and Rae Mackenzie Group.
Image credits: Above: Barbara Jones-Hogu, Unite (1971); Below: PiM Arts High School, George Floyd Memorial (2020)