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Ademola Olugebefola Papers, 1967-1990
- Originals: 3.4 lin ft.
- Copies: 7 microfilm reels.
Researchers are restricted to microfilm copy.
Collection contains personal papers, 1968-1988, consistingprimarily of files for cultural organizations on whose boards of directors Ademola served, such as Across Culture,Caribbean/American Cultural Exchange, and Society of Africans from America.
The Professional Activities series, 1967-1990, is divided into four subseries. Included in this series are correspondence and other material regarding speaking engagements, participation in seminars, workshops, symposia and panels. The use of his artwork in publications, articles regarding his work in general, interviews and media appearances are also found in this series.
The Organizations subseries consists of visual and performing arts, cultural, educational, business and civicorganizations in which Ademola held general and board memberships and/or acted as a consultant. Included are files for the National Conference of Artists and Benin Enterprises, Inc. (1975-1983) whose goals were to create positive social change by raising the artistic and cultural consciousness of the community, publicizing the work of minority group artists, funding these artists in their chosen media and establishing a central information bank on minority artists. An outgrowth of Benin Enterprises, the Benin Gallery (l975-1984) is also represented in the collection. The Benin was the first artgallery in Harlem, and featured both master artists as well as developing artists. There are correspondence, memoranda, financial records, gallery announcements, exhibition checklists, sales records and printed material for both entities.
The Weusi Nyumba Ya Sanaa Gallery and Academy of African Arts and Studies files (1968-1990) contain minutes, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, flyers, memoranda, articles, grant proposals, financial reports, and price listings of artwork.
Known for innovative work in photography, Pat Davis has exhibited widely and her work has appeared in magazines, journals and on album covers. Her work is also in public and private collections, primarily on the East Coast. Davis is a founding member of Where We At Black Women Artists.
Files contain correspondence, gallery announcements featuring solo and group exhibitions of her work. Also included are memberhip lists and printed material on WhereWe At Black Women Artists.
Artist, designer, educator, activist and businessman, Ademola Olugebefola, nee Bedwick Lyola Thomas, is one of the most respected and inventive catalysts of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Primarily a visual artist, he has worked in all areas of the arts. He has exhibited in a variety of one-man and group shows at the Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Second World Festival of Art and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria, and The Corcoran Gallery, among other places, and his work is in a variety of private and public collections. As a graphic designer and illustrator, Ademola has produced cover designs and illustrations for books by several prominent African-American authors. He has also worke d as a stage manager, production director, and set and costume designer for a variety of theatrical and film productions.
As a member of the Twentieth-Century Creators, one of the largest African-American art groups of the 1960s and one which called for unity and positive ethnic direction in the arts, Ademola participated in the development of the philosophy of "Black-Art for Black People." This concept also was manifested by Weusi, aother group of artists withwhich Ademola was associated. The Weusi (a Swahili term for blackness), organized in 1965, was devoted to raising the cultural awareness of the African-American community and advocated "Black Art, Black Brotherhood and Black Unity." In 1967 five members of the Weusi founded the Nyumba Ya Sanaa (House of Art) Gallery and in the early 1970s the Academy of African Arts and Studies, of which Ademola was director of education.
Controlled Access Terms
- Olugebefola, Ademola.
- Davis, Pat.
- Grinnell Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
- New Lafayette Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
- Benin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
- Weusi Nyumba Ya Sanaa Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
- National Conference of Artists (U.S.)
- "Where We At" Black Women Artists (Organization : Brooklyn,New York, N.Y.)
- Benin Enterprises, Inc.
- Across Culture, Caribbean/American Cultural Exchange.
- Society of African from America.
- African American art -- New York (State) -- New York.
- African American artists -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Art museums -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Art museums -- Educational aspects.
- African American women artists.
- Black Arts Movement.
- Women artists (New York, N.Y.)
- Photographers -- United States.
- New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.