The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery presents “Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity,” which spotlights the Black Panther Party, The Young Lords Party and other activist organizations from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The exhibition runs through December 6, 2019. An opening reception will be held in the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 5.
“Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity” is a collaborative exhibition curated by award-winning artist, William Cordova, and Director of Public Programming at Miami’s Perez Museum of Art, Marie Vickles.
It focuses on the evolution of youth radical community activist movements that became prominent in the late 1960s and early 1970s, through organizations like the Black Panther Party, The Young Lords Party, the Brown Berets, Tupamaros, Red Guard, Grey Panthers, Florida BAMM, Black Afro Militant Movement, American Indian Movement, and many more.
Many of these groups exemplify the vanguard for social change in America. A phenomenon that would eventually have a national and global impact, yet today most of what is known about the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and other activist organizations is erroneous or misleading.
The exhibition contains mainstream and underground newspapers, magazines and other alternative news from 1965-1982, historical articles from mainstream media sources, such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Jet, Ebony, New York Times Magazine, and photography by Ducho Dennis, Ilka Hartmann, Bev Grant, Steven Shames, Michael Abramson.
Short films, videos, and audio will also be presented as part of the exhibit; Eldridge Speaks (LP), Let Rap, Rap by Rap Brown (LP), Lords of the Revolution (40 Min film) Palante Siempre Palante (50 min) Huey (10 min).
The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, 1630 Pinder St., Tallahassee, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours this fall are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Scheduled tours are available to groups. To schedule a tour or plan a visit, contact the gallery director at (850) 599-8755 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Metered parking is available on Wahnish Way.