The art exhibit “Black Agitprop” which showcases the Department of Africana Studies program’s student learning objectives and covers themes in the program’s courses is on display for 3 weeks in February in honor of Black History Month at the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony Gallery in the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State.
Dr. DeAnna Reese, department chair of Africana Studies says the exhibit is important because it shows the political purpose art has for understanding major themes within the Africana experience such as protest and resistance.
“Students can learn that there is more to art than just aesthetics. Art tells stories about a people’s past giving insight into their politics, culture, and community, said Dr. Reese.
The exhibition was made possible by Dr. Malik Simba, Professor Emeritus in the department of history and the africana studies program. Contributions to the exhibit are from Dr. Simba, Dr. Reese, and other faculty in the Africana Studies Program.
“We hope those who view the exhibit will be reminded of the strength, character, and resilience that are an integral part of Black identity,” said Dr. Reese. “Africana history and culture are central to understanding both American and global ideals of freedom and democracy.”
The exhibit runs from Feb. 6- 24 during regular library hours.