The first major exhibition of AFRICOBRA’s work in Europe. AFRICOBRA was founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1968 by a collective of young Black artists, whose interest in Transnational Black Aesthetics led them to create one of the most distinctive visual voices in 20th Century American art.
“AFRICOBRA: Nation Time” is the next chapter of “AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People”, which premiered at MOCA North Miami during Art Basel Miami 2018, the show focuses entirely on the historic aspects of this vital, Chicago-born Black Arts collective. Over 40 works by Jeff Donaldson, Gerald Williams, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, and Nelson Stevens are on view together with historic documentation, archival photographs and other ephemera, that will offer a unique and comprehensive narrative of AFRICOBRA’s birth and evolution on the South Side of Chicago in the late 1960s and early 1970s and its reverberating effect on the art scenes of Washington, DC, New York City, and Lagos, Nigeria.
- Jae Jarrell, Going to NYC, 1994 © Jae Jarrell, Image courtesy of Kavi Gupta Gallery