Community Folk Art Center Opens Exhibition, AfriCOBRA: Liberated Images

February promises to be an exciting month at the Community Folk Art Center. The exhibition AfriCOBRA: Liberated Images opens on February 2nd with our Third Annual Gala Celebration. Later on in the month, we’ll be hosting our Illuminate the Arts Winter Break Camp, as well as an Open House highlighting the work of students in our educational programs.

CFAC Opens Exhibition, AfriCOBRA: Liberated Images

Exhibition Recognizes Forty Years of AfriCOBRA Collective

The Community Folk Art Center is opening a new exhibition celebrating forty years of the AfriCOBRA Artist Collective. AfriCOBRA: Liberated Images will feature works by ten members of the collective. The exhibition will be on view from February 2nd through April 5th, 2008.

AfriCOBRA (“African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists”) began in Chicago in 1968 as a group of artists who sought to capture the vibrancy and spirit of African American urban life through elements found in traditional African art. Through the years, the group has continued to add new members.

Exhibiting artists in AfriCOBRA: Liberated Images include: Akili Ron Anderson, Kevin Cole, Adger Cowans, Murry DePillars, Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004), Michael D. Harris, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, James Phillips, Frank Smith and Nelson Stevens. Jones-Henderson, who is a founding member of the group, serves as exhibition administrator for AfriCOBRA. The exhibition features recent works in a variety of two-and-three-dimensional media.

There will be a panel discussion with the AfriCOBRA artists on February 2nd from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at CFAC. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

The official opening reception for the exhibition will be during the Community Folk Art Center’s Third Annual Gala Celebration, entitled AfriCOBRA Experience, on February 2nd from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at CFAC. Several of the AfriCOBRA artists will be in attendance.

Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.