July 10 - August 23, 2015
at the Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
Co-curated with Hamza Walker and Camille Morgan.
This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a collective sigh of relief, the work of these artists suggests there is much to account for since then culturally, politically, and socially. The exhibit begs us to consider how we square nostalgia for a Black Nationalist period with recent events.
Ayana Contreras [Link to talk w/ Richard Steele]
James T. Green [Link to talk w/ Faheem Majeed]
David Leggett [Link to talk w/ Zachary Cahill]
Presented by Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, and Logan Center Exhibitions.
Photos courtesy of Tom Van Eynde and Logan Center for the Arts.