A Finding Aid to Interviews of AfriCOBRA Founders, 2010, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.africobr
Creators:
AFRICOBRA (Artists' group)
Dates:
2010
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.2 linear feet
Repository:
The interviews of AfriCOBRA founders measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 2010. This collection includes hard copy transcripts of interviews with AfriCOBRA founders Michael Harris, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Carolyn Lawrence, Howard Mallory, and Robert Sengstacke, as well as digital transcripts and audio files.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The interviews of AfriCOBRA founders measure 0.2 linear feet and date from 2010. This collection includes hard copy transcripts of interviews with AfriCOBRA founders and artists Michael Harris, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Carolyn Lawrence, Howard Mallory, and Robert Sengstacke, as well as digital transcripts and audio files. TV Land/Hudson Street Production, Inc. conducted these interviews with AfriCOBRA founders and artists about their experiences as African American artists and about the artistic community.
In 2011, TV Land produced a documentary special AfriCOBRA: Art for the People. It is possible that these interviews are related to this project.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the interviews are arranged as one series.
Series 1: Interviews with AfriCOBRA Founders, 2010 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) is an African American artist collective founded in 1968, first as COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists), in Chicago, Illinois. AfriCOBRA artists were associated with the Black Arts Movement and the group grew out of discussions on how their art could express a Black aesthetic. The AfriCOBRA philosophy emphasized positive revolutionary ideas and community effort.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Rayna Andrews in 2018 with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Author
Rayna Andrews
Sponsor
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The interviews of AfriCOBRA founders were donated to the Archives of American Art by TV Land/Hudson Street Productions, Inc. via Deva Newman, Executive Producer and Melissa Bear, Vice President, business and legal affairs, in 2010.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Conditions Governing Use
Hudson Street Productions, Inc. retains copyright and signed AAA Non-Exclusive License.
Preferred Citation
Interviews of AfriCOBRA founders, 2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
African American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harris, Michael D. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lawrence, Carolyn Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mallory, Howard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jarrell, Jae, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jarrell, Wadsworth, 1929- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones-Henderson, Napoleon, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones-Hogu, Barbara Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sengstacke, Robert A., 1943- (Robert Abbott) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hudson Street Productions Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
TV Land (Television network) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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