Each semester, students in my Black Arts Movement courses create poetry broadsides featuring the work of Nikki Giovanni. In Spring 2012, teams collaboratively created broadsides that were printed large-scale, focused specifically on Chicago Black Arts Movement poets as part of the Black Arts Movement contribution to Wabash Arts Corridor, a project of the 2011-12 Critical Encounters "Rights, Radicals, and Revolution" Series, that aimed to involve the Columbia College Chicago community in activating historic south loop Wabash Street. These were displayed during the annual college-wide Manifest Arts Festival at Area, Inc. architectural firm, and the students presented them with readings of the featured poems at street level. We offer this selection of broadsides in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts Movement and in honor of the many artists in every medium who shaped this most revolutionary of movements.
coordinated by D. Denenge Akpem
Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism
D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator who meticulously constructs fantastical Afri-sci-fi narratives comprised of multi-media environments inhabited by hybrid creatures as critical representations of identity and beauty. She creates interactive spaces to interrogate stereotypes, titillate the senses, and empower those who...