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4:15 pm

at the Performing Arts Center,
Decatur High School Stage
310 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA
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This event is free, wheelchair accessible,
and open to the public.

Co-presented by the
Decatur Book Festival

ART PAPERS LIVE is pleased to present Emory Douglas, an artist, activist, and former Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers. Known for creating the striking graphic style used in Black Panther newspapers, pamphlets, and public imagery, Douglas will speak to the power of print, and the ways in which text and image can engage, educate, and empower communities. Douglas will discuss a selection of work from throughout his career, ranging from his iconic posters created at the height of the revolutionary Black Power Movement, to his more recent art works and murals projects of the last several years.

Emory Douglas was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After being introduced to printmaking while incarcerated as a young person at the Youth Training School in Ontario, California, he later took graphic design classes at San Francisco City College. In 1967, Douglas became the Revolutionary Artist and thereafter the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. Douglas branded the socially conscious iconic political graphic illustrations for The Black Panther community newspaper. The first edited of the monograph of Douglas's art, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, edited by artist and curator Sam Durant, appeared in 2006. Douglas has since had retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the New Museum in New York, as well as various exhibition outside of the US. The second edition of Douglas' monograph was printed earlier this year, and featured a new introduction by Colette Gaiter.

image: Emory Douglas, poster from The Black Panther, August 21, 1971, offset lithograph
(collection of Alden and Mary Kimbrough, Los Angeles, © Emory Douglas)

Co-presented by Decatur Book Festival.


Johnathan Short
One Consulting Group, Inc.
PennHouse Productions
W Atlanta-Downtown

The Andy Warhol Foundation
for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Major funding for ART PAPERS is provided by the Fulton County Commission, Atlanta, Georgia, under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. ART PAPERS is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations for the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency for the National Endowment of the Arts. ART PAPERS gratefully acknowledges the generosity of other private, corporate and individual donors.

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