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Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures @ San Francisco Art Institute

Pirkle Jones, Black Panthers drilling before Free Huey Rally, DeFremery Park, Oakland, CA, #23 from A Photographic Essay on The Black Panthers. © Regents of the University of California. Courtesy Special Collections, University Library, University of California Santa Cruz.

Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures
January 22 – April 7, 2019

Opening reception: Saturday, January 26, 5-8pm

“The exhibition revisits the controversial 1968 showing at San Francisco’s de Young Museum of the photographic essay Black Panthers by Pirkle Jones (1914-2009) and Ruth-Marion Baruch (1922-1997). The 30 photographs on view include many of the major works from the original exhibition 50 years ago, as well as never before printed works from the archive at University of California, Santa Cruz. Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures places the archival photographs in dialogue with the work of four contemporary African-American artists and art collectives—Kija Lucas, Tosha Stimage, Chris Martin, and 5/5 Collective—whose work assembles a new understanding of the Black political imagination.”

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA.


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