Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is pleased to welcome artists, Alvin “Dante” Yarbrough and Emory Douglas to Cleveland as part of The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues series on Friday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 26th at 2:00 p.m. respectively. Both events will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch.
“This year’s Lockwood Thompson Dialogues have been especially unique, introducing our patrons to a talented group of innovative artists,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “It is always our goal at Cleveland Public Library to provide our patrons with opportunities for fresh perspectives from artists, authors, and community leaders.”
These events will feature an impactful, popular, locally born artist in Alvin “Dante” Yarbrough as well as a nationally known, politically involved, revolutionary artist, Emory Douglas. Yarbrough’s work is largely figurative abstract, mixed media art that bares a strong message, often aimed at African American Youth. Both artists are well known for the real life struggles their artwork embodies.
Emory Douglas is well known to many as the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, where his art work dawned the cover from 1967 to the early 1980s. His work reflected the politics of the party as well as the concerns of the community they served.
The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues began in 2006 as an annual program funded through an endowment set up by the late Lockwood Thompson, a former Trustee of the Cleveland Public Library. The series brings guests of national and international renown to initiate insightful, interactive and thought-provoking conversations around topics of contemporary culture which are relevant to the public.