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Author Zorach, Rebecca, 1969- author.

Title Art for people's sake : artists and community in Black Chicago, 1965-75 / Rebecca Zorach
Published Durham : Duke University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 395 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
Contents Claiming space, being in public -- Cultural nationalism and community culture : on the beach, opportunity please knock, and the Affro-Arts Theater -- An experimental friendship -- The Black family -- Until the walls come down -- Superreal images and superreal people
Summary "In the 1960s and early 1970s, Chicago witnessed a remarkable flourishing of visual arts associated with the Black Arts Movement. From the painting of murals as a way to reclaim public space and the establishment of independent community art centers to the work of the AFRICOBRA collective and Black filmmakers, artists on Chicago's South and West Sides built a vision of art as service to the people. In Art for People's Sake Rebecca Zorach traces the little-told story of the visual arts of the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, showing how artistic innovations responded to decades of racist urban planning that left Black neighborhoods sites of economic depression, infrastructural decay, and violence. Working with community leaders, children, activists, gang members, and everyday people, artists developed a way of using art to help empower and represent themselves. Showcasing the depth and sophistication of the visual arts in Chicago at this time, Zorach demonstrates the crucial role of aesthetics and artistic practice in the mobilization of Black radical politics during the Black Power era."--EBSCO
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject AFRICOBRA (Group of artists) -- History.
Organization of Black American Culture -- History.
AFRICOBRA (Group of artists)
Organization of Black American Culture.
African American arts -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century
Artists and community -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century
Black Arts movement -- Illinois -- Chicago
City planning -- Social aspects -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century
ART / American / African American
ART -- Performance.
ART -- Reference.
African American arts.
Artists and community.
Black Arts movement.
City planning -- Social aspects.
Race relations.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Illinois -- Chicago.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018042751
ISBN 1478002468