Duke University Press
AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art Through A School Of Thought
AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) was a multidisciplinary collective of black artists who created socially conscious art during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960's and 1970's.
Formed on the South Side of Chicago in 1968 at the height of the civil rights, black power, and black arts movements, the collective created a new artistic visual language rooted in the culture of Chicago's black neighborhoods. The collective's aesthetics, especially the use of vibrant color, capture the rhythmic dynamism of black culture and social life. In AFRICOBRA, painter, photographer, and collective cofounder Wadsworth A. Jarrell tells the definitive story of the group's creation, history, and artistic and political principles.
The pronunciation—Af-FREE-co-bruh—emphasizes the second syllable, signaling the group’s central principle grounded in Black liberation. AfriCOBRA is a noted influence in Bisa Butler's work.
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