Emory Douglas


1943, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Artist Emory Douglas recalls his early years in the Bay Area, leading us on the journey that resulted in his appointment as Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist of the Black Panther Party. Footage and photos from the rich archives of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the San Francisco Public Library further illustrate the local history shared by Douglas in this video. Archival Media Courtesy Of: African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library Alan J. Canterbury California Newsreel, Pacific Film Archive Film and Video Collection Center for Sacramento History, KCRA TV and KOVR TV Film Collection San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library SFMTA Photo Archive, California Revealed Stephen Shames Music: Contains a sample of Oct. 31st by Lilblackkids (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Keith Rice), courtesy of Epistrophik Peach Sound About This Channel: Wondering who makes art? Curious about the how...and the WHY? Featuring insights directly from the artists, SFMOMA Shorts takes the public inside the studios, and minds, of a fascinating and diverse range of creators. With a collection that spans architecture, design, media arts, painting, sculpture, and photography, the museum's YouTube channel is a go-to destination for videos about modern and contemporary art. New to SFMOMA Shorts? Start with the "Best of SFMOMA Shorts" playlist. Or, take a trip inside artist studios with “Artist Cribs” and discover the spaces and places where art is born. You can also find interviews about art on view at the museum in the "Now on View" playlist. About SFMOMA: Founded in 1935 under the direction of Grace McCann Morley, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art. While SFMOMA has yet to adopt an institution-wide land acknowledgment, we encourage audiences to view this film commissioned for our platform Open Space: http://sfmoma.me/3iKWF4c. Updates on the museum’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work can be found here: http://sfmoma.me/3a46wzO. In support of our commitment to institutional accountability, SFMOMA’s social media team will routinely moderate and respond to public comments to ensure they remain spaces of lively discourse and art appreciation from many voices.

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