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Emory Douglas

Designing Justice

© 2018 Emory Dou­glas / Artists Rights Soci­ety (ARS), New York 

Thursday, October 4, 2018
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Watch Video
Open to the public
Free of charge

Emory Dou­glas worked as the res­i­dent Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Artist and Min­is­ter of Cul­ture for the Black Pan­ther Party in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area from 1967 through the 1980s. In addi­tion to cre­at­ing iconic posters and post­cards, a key part of Dou­glas’ respon­si­bil­i­ties in this role included art direc­tion, design, and illus­tra­tion for the orga­ni­za­tion’s news­pa­per, The Black Pan­ther. Dur­ing his tenure, Dou­glas cre­ated pow­er­ful images to depict the real­ity of racial injus­tice in Amer­ica and to pro­mote the par­ty’s ide­olo­gies. His dis­tinc­tive style estab­lished the mil­i­tant-chic” style decades before the aes­thetic became pop­u­lar­ized and sought to flip the cul­tural par­a­digm from one of African Amer­i­can vic­tim­hood to one of pow­er­ful outrage.

Dou­glas’ work can be explored in full in the com­pre­hen­sive mono­graph Black Pan­ther: The Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Art of Emory Dou­glas (Riz­zoli, 2007). His work has also received ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tions at the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Los Ange­les and the New Museum in New York. In his retire­ment, Dou­glas con­tin­ues to exhibit and make work on top­ics such as crime and the prison indus­trial com­plex. His work is included in the exhi­bi­tion Have We Met? Dia­logues on Mem­ory and Desire, on view at Stamps Gallery (201 S. Divi­sion St.) through Novem­ber 18. There will be a Q&A and post-talk recep­tion at Stamps Gallery imme­di­ately fol­low­ing this event.

Pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Stamps Gallery, with sup­port from Design Core Detroit.