A multimedia exhibition of African American art titled “Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism, and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch,” opened Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.
The exhibition, on display through May 14, 2017, is a timely response to calls for recognition of African American art’s centrality in American culture, said Randall K. Burkett, curator of African American collections at the Rose Library.
“Still Raising Hell” documents African American history and culture through thousands of rare and out-of-print books and photographs, as well as through video and audio interviews with more than 1,200 African American writers, artists, poets and cultural figures. Also included in the collection are the scripts of nearly 1,000 African American-authored plays, both published and unpublished, dating back to 1879. Additionally, the exhibition features portraits of artists, such as author James Baldwin and poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize.
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