The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, a compelling exhibition that traces the searing graphic art made by Emory Douglas while he worked as Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its discontinuation in the early 1980s.
Douglas’s iconic work helped create the identity of the party, defining the trademark visual style of the group’s newspapers, posters, and pamphlets.
His work also serves as a powerful testament to the efficacy of visual art to communicate a political position.
Organized by MOCA Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow Sam Durant, the exhibition will be on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center October 21, 2007 through January 20, 2008 and includes approximately 150 of the artist’s most influential works.
MOCA Director Jeremy Strick comments, “Emory Douglas is a seminal, political, contemporary artist whose work MOCA is proud to present 40 years after the artist first made his indelible mark on the Black Panther Party.
More than ever, Douglas’s work shows how significantly visual art can effect social discourse and political change and mold popular culture-a phenomenon at the heart of MOCA’s thinking.”
From 1967, the year Douglas joined the Black Panthers, to its discontinuation in the early 1980s, the party cultivated a strong identity that was often described as angry, militant, and incendiary.