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Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...FIRST COBRA EXHIBITION In September 1968, cobra was invited to exhibit at the Wadsworth Upper Grade Center, which was an elementary and junior high school in Wood- lawn, on the South Side of Chicago. The exhibition was part of a conference whose focus was education, community affairs, and the civil...
Published: 01 January 1993
DOI: 10.1215/9780822396239-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9623-9
Published: 06 February 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822392187-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9218-7
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...Exhibitions 1968 Wadsworth Upper Grade Center, Chicago, Illinois Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana 1970 afri cobra i, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York afri cobra i, National Center for Afro- American Artists, Boston, Massachusetts afri cobra i, Black Expo, Chicago, Illinois 1971 1972 afri...
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...Reviews and Media Interviews cobra on wgn Television in Black Pride, Chicago, Illinois, November 1968. Harry Long, A Dazzling Show of Negro Art, Amsterdam, June 1970. Review of africobra i at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. John Gruen, Big Bad Relevance, New York Magazine, July 13, 1970...
Book Chapter

By Wadsworth A. Jarrell
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-013
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...Notes Introduction Epigraphs: Larry Neal, afri cobra/Farafindugu, written for the exhibition catalog for afri cobra/Farafindugu, held at the Atlanta Neighborhood Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia, March 7 to March 28, 1981. Eddie Granderson, A Shared Ideology, in Wadsworth Jarrell: A Shared Ideology...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/781478002246-241
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
... or crash the temple. The turmoil forced civic, social, and political powers to reckon with it. From the troubled national landscape sprouted Black power, Black shows, and end- less Black studies intended to forestall rapid change. afri cobra arose from this transformative energy, harnessing its...
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
... of an early issue of American Visions magazine. Reading about Jarrell inspired me to call him to learn more about his art and about afri cobra. I left a message on his voicemail at his New York studio. To my surprise, he returned the call. Thir- teen subsequent years filled with countless...
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...I am indebted to a great many people who made this book possible, to whom I would like to express my sincere appreciation. Extremely important to the inception of this book are the afri cobra founding members, Jae Jarrell, Gerald Williams, and Barbara Jones- Hogu, to whom I pitched the idea of an...
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...Figure I.1 Ann, AFRI COBRA Group Photo with Neighborhood Children, 1970 2 Figure I.2 Bridget Riley, Descending, 1966 4 Figure I.3 Multiple artists, Wall of Respect, 1967 8 9 Figure 1.1 Unknown photographer, Club DeLisa, 1948 22 Figure 1.2 Judson Jarrell, Club Evergreen, 1954 23 Figure 1.3 Judson...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-011
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...AFRI COBRA III Bright color is an enduring element found in all forms of African art dating back to the ancient Egyptian murals that after thousands of years of interment still in- credibly retain their brightness. Whether or not AFRI COBRA s colors will last that long is a question for the future...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-010
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...AFRI COBRA II AFRI COBRA was extremely significant during the era of the 60s and 70s because artists were working collectively in a group to solve some of the problems of the previous generation, namely, how to make art more accessible to more people, and secondly, to precisely formulate systems of...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...INTRODUCTION One of the most enduring and significant manifestations of the Black Arts Move- ment of the sixties was the creation of AFRI COBRA with its compelling ideology. Larry Neal, AFRI COBRA/FARAFINDUGU As a new consciousness, the search during the 60s and 70s was to identify the...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...AFRI COBRA I In April 1970, Edward Spriggs, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, curated the exhibition afri cobra i: Ten in Search of a Nation, scheduled for June 21 through August 30. afri cobra exhibited fifty- two works: paintings, drawings, serigraphs, fashion designs, and weavings. After...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-008
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...RECRUITMENT cobra wanted to expand to include artists working in various mediums. We were already a multifaceted group, with Jae as a fashion designer and Bar- bara a printmaker, but we were willing to embrace other mediums as well. A total of eight artists were invited to attend a cobra meeting at...
Book Chapter

By Wadsworth A. Jarrell
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-014
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...; African American and Black, 1, 2, 4, 39, 80, 216, 240; cobra/africobra and, 16, 93, 132, 206; confaba and, 123; ownership of, 3. See also Black aesthetic, aesthetics A fam Gallery (Chicago), 37 Africa, 29, 193, 235; aesthetic traditions of, 2, 16, 29, 30, 93, 133, 213, 215; art and culture of, 13, 41, 89...
Published: 08 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375661-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7566-1
... movements like surrealism or new movements like Cobra, struggled to establish a viable relationship with oppositional political groups, thereby limiting their activities to the cultural field. The SI responded with a critique of the existing forms of artistic endeavor and political action. Their goal was to...
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
... thought. Importantly, he was a relevant figure in the Black arts movement in Chicago. Donaldson was a founding member of obac (Organization of Black American Culture), and a founding member of afri cobra (African Commune of Bad Rel- evant Artists), both in Chicago. At Northwestern University, he devised...
Published: 08 May 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002246-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
... theory with visual art as the theme. He envisioned raising the consciousness level of African Americans. With his proposal, Exploring a Black Aesthetic A Visual Art Proposal, he sought financial assistance for the idea, and it was distributed among cobra members for feedback. Members were skeptical...
Published: 08 May 2020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0224-6
...AFRI COBRA Art in Collections Museums Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan Tate Modern Museum, London, UK Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio Kansas African American Museum, Wichita, Kansas...