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Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity @ FAMU Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
Nov 2 2019 – Feb 12 2020 all-day

The Florida A&M University Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity from August 26 – December 6, 2019. The opening reception will be held in The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery on Thursday, September 5.

Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity is collaborative exhibition co-curated by award-winning artist, William Cordova, and curator, Marie Vickles. The exhibition 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 the United States. 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).

If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA), please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at (850) 599-3076 at least five (5) business days prior to the start of the event. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the University by calling TDD via FRS 800-955-8771.

Narratives of Necessity Book Club Meeting #3 @ FAMU Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us Saturday, November 16 at 11 am for the third of our Narratives of Necessity Book Club meeting at the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery. This semester we read “Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention” by Jamal Joseph. The book connects to the subject-matter of our current art exhibition “Walls Turned Sideway are Bridges: Narratives of Necessity,” an exhibition about radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

You can find the “Panther Baby” new or used here:

Each meeting we will have a guest moderator to provide a fresh point of view about the chapters.

For the November 16 meeting, the moderator will be Gwendolyn J. Spencer, Esq. of Spencer Law Group.