Friday, January 28, 2011

TV Land Honors the Artists of AfriCOBRA

In Chicago 1968, amid a tide of social change and political upheaval, a group of artists came together and began to define a uniquely black aesthetic in visual arts. They sought to make art that spoke directly to the needs, aspirations and experiences of black America, and that celebrated what was beautiful and heroic about black culture.

The seed of what would become the AfriCOBRA collective was planted at the “Wall of Respect,” a mural on a Chicago building that depicted black heroes and leaders, painted by the Organization for Black American Culture (OBAC). The wall became both a meeting place and the community’s visual affirmation of African American cultural, intellectual and political heritage.

Africoba Themes from AFRICOBRA on Vimeo.

A group of artists who contributed to the wall came together to form the Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists (COBRA) – a collective that began a national dialog that was pro-black without being anti anything else. COBRA added new members, began an international dialog, and evolved into AfriCOBRA, the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Its members went on to produce work that brought about a major shift in perspective for black Art and black artists. With a new generation of currently active member artists, AfriCOBRA’s legacy within the art community endures.

AfriCOBRA home : See AfriCOBRA art and watch videos on the AfriCOBRA


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