San Francisco-based media artist Tim Roseborough mines a painful souvenir from America's past in "Pan-African," a new multimedia exhibition at Strivers Gardens Gallery.
For "Pan-African," Mr. Roseborough recorded a rendition of a derogatory popular tune from 1900, "Every Race Has A Flag But The Coon." The recording is a starting point for the exhibition, which reveals the story of a cultural triumph against prejudice and discrimination. The exhibition, which incorporates archival prints, an interactive Web site, documentation and a music video for the song, traces how the popularity of the song helped lead to the "Pan-African" flag, an American invention which became a symbol of pride and unity for people of the African diaspora.
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"Pan-African" is on display from October 27 to December 31, 2011. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm.
A panel discussion, moderated by Nigel Freeman, Director of the African-American department at the Swann Gallery, New York, will be held on Sunday, October 30 at 2pm. Admission is free. Strivers Gardens Gallery is located at 300 West 135th Street (between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and St. Nicholas Avenue), New York, NY, 10030.