AfriCOBRA: Art for the People
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Saturday November 17
7:00 PM  –  9:00 PM

AfriCOBRA: Art for the People


Created by television network TV Land in 2011 in honor of Black History Month, AfriCOBRA: Art for the People (Juan Declan, 30 min., digital projection) features an engaging history of Chicago’s AFRICOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) collective, which seeks to effect positive change by creating images that affirm and uplift the Black community. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad and featuring interviews with several members, the film explores the group’s activities from its founding in the turbulent 1960s through today, as a new generation of artists has joined the group and continues its groundbreaking work. Following the film will be a discussion with AfriCOBRA co-founder Gerald Williams.

Gerald Williams is a painter and a founding member of AfriCOBRA. Born in Chicago, he earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Howard University, served in the United States Air Force, was a Peace Corp Volunteer for several years, taught in public schools in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and served as Arts and Crafts Director for the United States Air Force for twenty years until his retirement in 2004. He has exhibited in Chicago, nationally, and internationally.


Presented by South Side Projections, The HistoryMakers, the DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Chicago Metro History Fair



South Side Projections' Chicago’s Black Arts Movement in Film is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Black Arts Movement on Film is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Learn more at


Saturday November 17, 2018 | 7:00pm-9:00pm | DuSable Museum of African American History | Admission: FREE