Monday, November 3, 2008

Emory Douglas in the UK

The first UK exhibition of the works of Emory Douglas, official artist of the US Black Panther civil rights activists of the 1960s, kicks off at Manchester's Urbis gallery this autumn.

Previously unseen in the UK, Douglas' work from the 1960s, including posters, cartoons and campaign pamphlets, will appear in a provocative new exhibition at Urbis in Manchester, from 30th October 2008 to April 2009.
Emory Douglas, campaigning artist of the Black Panther Party and its first and only Minister of Culture, created a compelling, motivational graphic style. His Black Panther salute is an unflinching reminder of the mood of the late 1960s, and his art from this period, documents growing civil unrest and rapid change.
'Black Panther' will show how Douglas' visual messages helped to encourage a largely illiterate community to challenge the police brutality, economic inequality and social injustice they were experiencing, against a backdrop of growing civil disobedience and the assassinations of Malcom X and Martin Luther
King Jr. Working alongside Urbis, Manchester, and with support of lender and Black Panther historian, Billy X Jenkins, Emory Douglas has helped to select the materials to relive the story for British audiences.

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