Fresh Arts presents Black Panther Party Power opening reception
Fresh Arts presents Black Panther Party Power, an exhibition by Houston-based artist Phillip Pyle II. Pyle will present a collection of original images that recast some of the most recognizable and outspoken activists of the Black Panther Party as superheroes.
At its inception, the Black Panther Party's core practice was to arm citizen patrols to monitor the behavior of police officers and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. In 1969, community social programs became a central activity of party members. The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for Children Programs, and community health clinics. Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover called the party "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country," and he supervised a comprehensive program (COINTELPRO) of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment and many other tactics designed to undermine Panther leadership and incriminate party members in an effort to discredit, criminalize and drain the organization of resources and manpower.
In an attempt to reimagine the history of African-American people in the United States, Pyle will represent these vilified historical figures of the Black Panther movement in their new fantastic roles.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through November 6.