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Museum Must See: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas

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In 1966, Huey Newton & Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party. A militia organization, made up of black men & women to fight for their rights, and defend themselves against “capitalist pigs” (the US government).

In the politically charged-era of the civil rights movement, the party reached out to their wide membership, with distribution of a newspaper entitled The Black Panther. The publication featured regular artwork from its Minister of Culture, graphic artist Emory Douglas.

On view through January 20, 2008; MOCA at Pacific Design Center, is displaying this powerful work. Phenomenal political art, sometimes militant, and dark; yet moving & personal—bring us back to a era long gone compared with the political art of the digital age.

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Taking a cue from communist art still seen today in parts of Asia, Douglas’ bold colors and strong symbolism speak about a tumultuous time in the country’s history. The portrayals of armed vigilantes, war, and America, mixed in with slogans such as “Power to the People”, “Revolution in our Lifetime”, and “Our Fight is not in Vietnam”; are as poignant & vivid today, as they were decades ago. The evolution of the party from its beginnings through its good will outreach programs, are well represented in this exhibit.

MOCA at Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
Always FREE

Emory Douglas poster courtesy of MOCA