Exhibition Celebrates Collaboration with Black Panther Icon Emory Douglas, an Initiative of BLM Arts+Culture Platform
New York, NY – May 2, 2019 – This week, Black Lives Matter Global Network partners with Frieze NY, the art fair that showcases the world’s leading contemporary and modern galleries and artists, continuing its expansion into the contemporary art world. BLM’s presence will celebrate its collaboration with Black Panther icon Emory Douglas, which incorporates limited edition prints, of the important work, “We Shall Survive Without A Doubt”, along with an accompanying video of Mr. Douglas describing his work and his partnership with Black Lives Matter Global Network. The BLM x Emory Douglas display will be open to fair goers starting tomorrow, May 2nd through Sunday, May 5th at Randall’s Island Park in NY in the Reading Room lounge area for viewing from 11am-7pm.
In celebration of the 5th year anniversary of #BlackLivesMatter, BLM launched a collaboration with legendary Emory Douglas in 2018 with exclusive, limited edition of numbered, signed prints of Douglas’s “We Shall Survive Without A Doubt,” currently sold out on #BLMShop. BLM is inspired by Douglas’s beloved piece and its commitment to centering Black life, love, joy and service. First seen in 1971 on the back cover of The Black Panther Monthly, Issue #30, Douglas’ iconic collage features Black Panther cubs in their full joy, experiencing the revolutionary social programs the Panthers created for the Black community.
Black Lives Matter Global Network launched BLM Arts+Culture platform last year as a dedicated destination to celebrate the impact of Black innovators in visual arts, literature, music and fashion. With BLM Arts+Culture, the movement has expanded to become a platform for art, culture, and fashion, launching collaborations with iconic artists and designers including pop art artist Hebru Brantley, Black Panther icon Emory Douglas, CFDA winner Telfar and more. As a part of BLM Arts+Culture initiative, BLM is passionate about bringing healing and justice to grief-stricken communities and created a BLM art show and healing space at 2018 Complexcon and Miami Art Basel’s NADA and Prizm fairs with featured experiences such as interactive art, acupuncture, a pocket park and live performances.
About Black Lives Matter Global Network: Founded in 2013 in the wake of the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, whose mission is to build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. We support the lives of the Black queer and transgender communities, the disabled, the undocumented, those with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives. From pop culture to design to fine arts, artists inspired by #BlackLivesMatter understand that creativity transforms politics, transforms our individual relationships, and transforms the world.
About Frieze: Frieze is a media and events company that comprises three publications, frieze magazine, Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week; and four international art fairs, Frieze London, Frieze LA, Frieze New York and Frieze Masters. Frieze NY showcases the world’s leading contemporary and modern galleries and artists.