About Joyce Gordon Gallery
A commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland California, Joyce Gordon Gallery exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and ...
Emory Douglas and the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC)
OMAC artists include: Tarika Lewis, Akinsanya Kambon, Ducho Dennis, Duane Deterville, Rage Souljah, Chris Herod, Refa One
Curated by: OMAC’s Duane Deterville, Refa One and Gallery Curator, Eric Murphy
October 7 – October 29th, 2016
Opening Reception: October 7th 6-9pm
Panel Discussion f/ Emory Douglass & other BPP member artists: Saturday, October 8th 12-2:30pm
Black Panther Party Ten Point Program Children’s Coloring Book Day: Saturday, October 22nd 12 – 4pm
Panel Discussion: “Where Do We Go From Here?” feat/ Oakland Maroons Art Collective Members: Thursday, October 27th 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, October 29th 6-8pm
Joyce Gordon Gallery in collaboration with OMAC presents “The Point Is…2.0” a group exhibit honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party with a focus on their most emulated and yet forgotten 10 Point program and it relevance in the 21st Century.
The Oakland Maroons Art Collective was formed in 2012. In keeping with their mission to re-inscribe the spirit of the Black Arts Movement for the 21st century, they curated the original “The Point Is….” exhibit at the First Love Gallery in Oakland honoring the anniversary of the Black Panther Party. In October 2016, OMAC in collaboration with Joyce Gordon Gallery will showcase images in multiple media on the theme of the Black Panther Party’s community 10
point platform. The 10 point program was drafted by the BPP founders, Huey P. Newton and Bobbie Seale in Oakland California in October of 1966 as a set of demands and precepts addressed to the government of the United States. Each of these points has been interpreted by the artists of the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC) along with three of the original Black Panther Party’s official artists.
Amongst the artists represented in this exhibit are Emory Douglass, the original Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party and Tarika Lewis, the first woman to join the BPP. Both of these artists were responsible for developing some of the earliest imagery for the BPP via its newspaper. Emory Douglass presence in this exhibit is particularly notable because of his seminal contributions to the West Coast Black Arts Movement via his theater set designs. The presence of his work in this show is significant for OMAC because the collective views itself as
the continuation of the Black Arts Movement in the 21st century. Also featured are unpublished photographs by the late Ducho Dennis, Master Artist and official photographer from the Black Panther Party. His posthumous work and legacy lives on through his son and featured artist, Refa 1.
About the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC) Founded in 2012, the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC) is an organization of Black culture workers intent on re-inscribing the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, Negritude, the Black Arts Movement and Africentricity for the 21st century. We are visual artists, writers, musicians and performers who have a commitment to African Centered philosophies that re-inscribe the Black Aesthetic in the 21st century.