AFRICOBRA in Chicago explores works produced by the African-American artist collective AFRICOBRA, formed in 1968 on the South Side of Chicago. Still in existence today, AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) worked to make African-American art something unique in society, using different techniques to display aspects of blackness in their artwork. Artists represented include Gerald Williams, Jeff Donaldson, Wadsworth Jarell, Jae Jarrell, Barbara Jones, and others.
The project comprises three interrelated exhibitions:
The first movement, AFRICOBRA: Prologue: The 1960s and the Black Arts Movement, takes place at South Side Community Art Center (May 10–July 7, 2013), where a permanent collection of work from the 1940s to the 1960s provides the exhibition’s historical context, situating AFRICOBRA amid its artistic predecessors. For more information, please visit:
AFRICOBRA: Philosophy will be staged at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, at the University of Chicago (June 28–August 11, 2013), and focus on the aesthetic philosophy of the collective as it was first articulated by its five founding members in the 1960s and 1970s. For more information, please visit:
AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact, at the DuSable Museum (July 26–September 29, 2013), will expand on the previous two exhibitions, showcasing later work by the members of the collective, local affiliated colleagues, and members of subsequent incarnations of the group as it began to move beyond Chicago to the rest of the United States. For more information, please visit:
AFRICOBRA in Chicago will be accompanied by public programming, educational opportunities, performances, and other events featuring original members of the collective to provide commentary on the historical significance of their artistic perspective.