As part of its commemoration of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, the Detroit Institute of Arts presents panel discussions with several of the artists featured in the exhibition “Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement” on Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The programs are free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Detroit artists Allie McGhee, Rita Dickerson, Tylonn Sawyer and Sydney James 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., artists who jointed collectives, established in the 1960s as a means to combat racial, social and political injustices, will talk about the advantages of being a member of such an organiation. 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.
This program is organized by the General Motors Center for African American Art and sponsored by the Whitney Fund.
The museum is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays, and the DIA encourages visitors to see the “Art of Rebellion,” which has been generously supported by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Whitney Fund while in the museum.
Cover photo image: “Revolutionary,” 1972, Wadsworth Jarrell, screenprint. Detroit Institute of Arts