Photographic Center Northwest Capitol Hill
April 21–June 10, Mondays–Thursdays and Saturdays–Sundays
Recommended by Joule Zelman
This exhibition of photographs, from Michelle Dunn Marsh and Negarra A. Kudumu's 2016 book of the same title, undermines the popular idea that the Black Panther aesthetic was limited to "gun-toting, well-dressed black men with berets and gun-toting, well-dressed women with Afros." Contemporary photographers and visual artists—including locals like Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes and Christopher Paul Jordan, as well as nationally celebrated figures like Endia Beal and Carrie Mae Weems—flesh out themes of black identity, anti-racist resistance, and cultural, spiritual, and intellectual iconographies that reach far beyond surface-level militant chic. Through art, the curators hope to turn our focus to the Black Panther Party's cultural and societal ambitions and demands: freedom, justice, shelter, education, employment, and safety from police violence. Gain a more cogent appreciation of how aesthetic beauty can strengthen the art of protest.