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From 1968 to 1972, St. Louis was home to the Black Artists’ Group (BAG), a seminal arts collective that nurtured African American experimentalists involved with theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz. Inspired by the reinvigorated black cultural nationalism of the 1960s, artistic collectives had sprung up around the country in a diffuse outgrowth known as the BlackFrom 1968 to 1972, St. Louis was home to the Black Artists’ Group (BAG), a seminal arts collective that nurtured African American experimentalists involved with theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz. Inspired by the reinvigorated black cultural nationalism of the 1960s, artistic collectives had sprung up around the country in a diffuse outgrowth known as the Black Arts Movement. These impulses resonated with BAG’s founders, who sought to raise black consciousness and explore the far reaches of interdisciplinary performance—all while struggling to carve out a place within the context of St. Louis history and culture.A generation of innovative artists—Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, and Emilio Cruz, to name but a few—created a moment of intense and vibrant cultural life in an abandoned industrial building on Washington Avenue, surrounded by the evisceration that typified that decade’s “urban crisis.” The 1960s upsurge in political art blurred the lines between political involvement and artistic production, and debates over civil rights, black nationalism, and the role of the arts in political and cultural struggles all found form in BAG.This book narrates the group’s development against the backdrop of St. Louis spaces and institutions, examines the work of its major artists, and follows its musicians to Paris and on to New York, where they played a dominant role in Lower Manhattan’s 1970s “loft jazz” scene. By fusing social concern and artistic innovation, the group significantly reshaped the St. Louis and, by extension, the American arts landscape....

Title : Point from which creation begins: The Black Artists' Group of St. Louis
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ISBN : 9781883982515
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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  • Phil Overeem
    2019-05-17 02:38

    A remarkably well-written account of St. Louis' innovative Black Artists' Group (1968-1971), an inspiring gathering of artists from all fields who designed a community-based, community-driven, and (often) community-performed organization to both reflect and express the joy and struggles of urban St. Louisans during those difficult years. Though BAG did not last long, the tendrils of its influence spread to Paris, to New York (where loft jazz would have sounded far different without it), to Sweden, to Oregon. Both the group and this book are reasons to be proud to be a Missourian.