The 164th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public
Colette Gaiter on “Emory Douglas: 50 years of Revolutionary Art”
Colette Gaiter will talk about former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture, artist, designer and illustrator Emory Douglas’s work on The Black Panther newspaper in the 1960s and 70s. His subversive and proactive political cartoons, collages and drawings visualized the Black Power movement and galvanized activism that persists into the twenty-first century. He currently travels globally to give talks about his previous work and collaborates with indigenous activists in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico—any place where people use art for liberation from injustice and oppression.
The New Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles are on the long list of international museums and venues that have featured his work in solo exhibitions. The AIGA awarded Douglas a 2015 Medal for his contributions to the field of design and visual communication.
Colette Gaiter is an Associate Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Delaware. She wrote the introduction for the second edition of Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, which also contains her essay on his work. Her writing on Douglas’s work also appears in West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977. Since 2004, she continues to write about Douglas’s work for a variety of publications.
After working in graphic design she became an educator, artist and writer, exhibiting her work internationally and in galleries, museums and public institutions in the United States. Her work ranges from digital prints and artist books to web sites and interactive installations. Venues include the Studio Museum in Harlem, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston.
Original image, 1976, The Black Panther Newspaper. Right: Black Lives Matter poster. © 2015 / Emory Douglas / Artists Rights Society, New York