DON’T SHOOT | Pinterest Hack & Digital Altar
Image: Amiri Baraka by Emory Douglas
Come Sip and Hack with us! As one of most creatives beloved guilty pleasures, Pinterest is a tool for idea sharing and problem solving. In response to the oversaturation of whiteness in most search platforms for visual content, this hack will bring people together to create a visual paradigm shift. In this Pinterest Hack, guests will discover and share unknown, little known, and well known black photographers and image makers in the Pinterest platform. Hackers contribute to a Pinterest Board while sipping wine and building with community. Attendees will end the night by participating in a digital altar exercise using their personal device to respond to a prompted question. With a presentation by Emory Douglas and facilitated by Ayo Suber and André D. Singleton.
Emory Douglas was born May 24th, 1943 in Grand Rapids Michigan. He has been a resident of the San Francisco California Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from February 1967 until the early 1980s. Douglas’s art and design concepts were always seen on the front and back pages of the Black Panther Newspaper, reflecting the politics of the Black Panther Party and the concerns of the community.
Originally from the South and graduate of Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU), Ayo Suber is a front-end programmer at Accenture with a specialty in HTML, HTML5, Agile, Adobe Edge, Xcode, Phonegap, JQuery and Photoshop. She is also a dynamic, self-motivated professional with experience across multiple industries. She has vast marketing experience in management, planning, graphic communications, user interface, and market research. Ayo is also an artist, world-traveler, and philanthropist. She is a member of Black Square, board member of Imprint City, the African American Art & Culture Complex, and former member of the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Vanguard Leadership Committee.
André D. Singleton is a newly Bay Area (New York City prior) based educator, human rights activist, and multi-disciplinary artist born in Kansas City, MO. Widely known as the co-creator of ‘The Very Black Project,’ a popular social awareness initiative that celebrates the African Diaspora, he is a thread within a fabric of pioneers on a mission to unite people from an abundance of cultural backgrounds. Triumphant over a terminal illness and accepting his sexuality empowered Singleton to approach life with a fierce determination to be free and embracing of his truth. Singleton’s work continues to inspire courage, pride, and vulnerability, encouraging people all over the world to respect on another so that our communities might remain enriching for us all.
This program is presented in conjunction with Don’t Shoot: An Opus on the Opulence of Blackness, on view December 4, 2019 – March 1, 2020.