The M was an in-kind sponsor of Black Art in the Era of Protest: A Virtual Conversation, hosted by five x five Public Art Consultants.
You can watch the full conversation below. Be sure to check out each of the panelists to learn more, support their work, and stay engaged in this important discussion! Follow host five x five on Facebook to stay in the loop on any similar events coming up.
In the wake of the 1968 Detroit rebellion, collectives like AfriCOBRA movement (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) gave birth to the concept of art making as a radical action. Fifty-two years from that uprising, a cross-generational group of Twin Cities Black artists discuss how the George Floyd protests have awakened 21st century reanalysis of the commodification of Black art, art as a political weapon through radical self-expression, the history of communication through street art, where these important murals should end up, and more.
Robyne Robinson of five x five Public Art Consultants engages panelists Chioma Uwagwu and Todd Lawrence of Urban Art Mapping Project, Precious Wallace of King P. Studio, Reggie LeFlore, Roger Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts, Seitu Jones, Cameron Downey, Alex Smith, and Ta-Coumba Aiken in a discussion about the purpose, effect, and future of this type of art might be.