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Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride:
African American Murals

An exhibition of murals created by
African American artists across the United States

May 5 - June 30, 2004

Black Women Sharon Dunn      Mandela Paul Goodnight                  
Co-curated by Robin Dunitz and James Prigoff, Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals is the first comprehensive exhibition that illustrates the development of historic and contemporary murals created by African American artists around the country.

We're All in the Same Gang Jameel Parker

Growing out of a response to the exclusion of African American artists from mainstream museums and galleries and a desire to correct distortions in the historical record, these murals are a spirited depiction of the struggle by African Americans to gain the rights of recognition, citizenship, and autonomy. This important form of public art has served to shape a populist narrative, heal and unify communities, and build multicultural understanding through common themes and collaboration.

Knowledge is Power, Stay in School Dana Chandler

Beginning with early 20th century work by masters such as Charles White, Aaron Douglas, Hale Woodruff, and John Biggers, the exhibition documents the evolution of imagery affected by history and context. Many influences are evident: the Mexican mural movement of the 1920's and 1930's; the Harlem Renaissance; the landmark collaborative mural, Wall of Respect, created in 1967 on Chicago's south side; the support of historically Black colleges and universities; the social activism and upheaval of the 1960's; African imagery; hip hop culture; and the abundance of urban walls.

From the Pyramids to the Projects African Latino Alliance

Originally exhibited at the University Art Gallery of California State University Dominguez Hills, Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride, as presented in the CAC Gallery, will add to the original exhibition and bring to wider attention important African American murals in the Boston area, including work by Dana Chandler, Paul Goodnight, Jameel Parker, and Gary Rickson. Programming accompanying the exhibition will include a bus tour of murals in the area, a panel discussion at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and a slide lecture.

Robin Dunitz, co-curator, is an authority on mural art in the United States. She is co-author, with James Prigoff, of the 280-page, full-color book, Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals (Pomegranate Press, 2000). Dunitz is also author of Street Gallery: Guide to 1000 Los Angeles Murals (RJD Enterprises, 1992, 1998) and a board member of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

James Prigoff, co-curator, has been documenting street art throughout the United States since the early 1970's. He is co-author of Spraycan Art (Thames and Hudson, 1987) and, with Robin Dunitz, Painting the Towns: Murals of California (RJD Enterprises, 1997). He directs the mural tour program and is a board member of the Social and Public Art Resource Center.

The CAC Gallery is located in the Cambridge City Hall Annex at 344 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Inman Street. Metered parking is available on Inman Street and Broadway.

Directions via MBTA: Take the MBTA Red Line to Central Square. At street level proceed west on Massachusetts Avenue (towards Harvard Square) to Inman Street. Turn right and proceed north for four blocks to Broadway.

CAC Gallery hours:
M, Tu, W, F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Th: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride:
African American Murals
May 5 - June 30, 2004

Related programming presented by CAC Gallery and
the Cambridge Center for Adult Education
(Please note 2 locations.)

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 13, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
CAC Gallery, Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway

Panel Discussion:
Tuesday, May 25, 8:00 p.m.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Admission Free

The evening will begin with a slide survey of African American murals. The ensuing panel will include Boston artists who will talk about their work in light of the national and social context. Panelists will include: Edmund Barry Gaither, founder of the Museum of National Center for Afro-American Artists; Robin Dunitz, co-curator and co-author of Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride; muralists Jameel Parker and Paul Goodnight

Boston Mural Tour:
Saturday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bus leaves from Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street
For tickets phone: 617-547-6789 ext 1 (event code BOMU)
$15 tour fee

Cambridge and Boston are home to many significant and beautiful murals and works of public art by African American artists. Edmund Barry Gaither shares some of his favorites, along with their fascinating stories.

Slide Lecture:
Thursday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.
CAC Gallery, Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway,
Admission Free

James Prigoff, co-author of Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride, will give a slide-illustrated lecture about the history of African American murals nationwide.

















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