“The Marvelous is Free” is an exhibition of archival and historical ephemera that places St. Louis' Black Artists' Group, a collective of African American experimentalists working in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz, within a network of like-minded artists and activists producing similar experiments in politics, form, and community between the late 60s and early 70s. Exhibit curators Anthony Romero and Matt Joynt bring together a range of rarely seen objects, films, and ephemera from personal and institutional collections and present a landscape of art and activism that includes the Black Arts Movement, Queer Liberation, the struggle for Latina/o civil rights, and more.
The exhibit features some material from University Archives including photographs from WU student protests in 1968, a peace arm band and photographs from a Vietnam Moratorium event in 1969, material from the 1969-1970 yearbook, fliers from events around Vietnam and race relations and publications from the Students for a Democratic Society Records, and 1970s women’s publications from the Women’s Resource Center Records. The exhibit also includes clips of interviews with Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez recorded for Henry Hampton’s series I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts from the Film & Media Archive.
The opening reception is from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday September 11 at The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63118. The exhibition will be on display Wednesdays – Saturdays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm each week until November 5, 2015.
--Information courtesy of The Luminary. For more details, visit their website.
Image credit: Washington University Photographic Services Collection, Events, 1968 student protest (protest-68-359E-9).
For more information on the Students for a Democratic Society Records, see the online finding aid.
For more information on the Women's Resource Center Records, see the online finding aid.
For more information on the yearbooks, see the online finding aid.
For more information on the Washington University Photographic Services Collection, see the online finding aid.