AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought

Formed on the South Side of Chicago in 1968 at the height of the civil rights, Black Power, and Black Arts movements, the AFRICOBRA collective created a new artistic visual language rooted in the culture of Chicagos Black neighborhoods. The collectives aesthetics, especially the use of vibrant color, capture the rhythmic dynamism of Black culture and social life. In this publication, painter, photographer, and collective cofounder Wadsworth A. Jarrell tells the definitive story of the groups creation, history, and artistic and political principles. From accounts of the painting of the groundbreakingWall of Respectmural and conversations among group members to documentation of AFRICOBRAs exhibits in Chicago, New York, and Boston, Jarrell outlines how the collective challenged white conceptions of art by developing an artistic philosophy and approach wholly divested of Western practices. Featuring nearly ahundred color images of artworks, exhibition ephemera, and photographs, this book is at once a sourcebook history of AFRICOBRA and the story of visionary artists who rejected the white art establishment in order to create uplifting art for all Black people.

Author: Wadsworth A. Jarrell

  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • 7 ×10 in.
  • Published by Duke University Press Books (May 8, 2020)
  • ISBN: 978-1478000563