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Interviews of AfriCOBRA founders, 2010

Hudson Street Productions

Collection Information

Size: 0.607 Gigabytes

Summary: The interviews of AfriCOBRA founders measure 0.607 gigabytes and date from 2010. This collection includes digital transcripts and audio files of interviews with AfriCOBRA founders and artists Michael Harris, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Carolyn Lawrence, Howard Mallory, and Robert Sengstacke. TV Land/Hudson Street Production, Inc. conducted these interviews with AfriCOBRA founders and artists about their experiences as African American artists and about the artistic community. In 2011, TV Land produced a documentary special AfriCOBRA: Art for the People. It is possible that these interviews are related to this project.

Biographical/Historical Note

AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) is an African American artist collective founded in 1968, first as COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists), in Chicago, Illinois. AfriCOBRA explores the possibility of identifying or developing a characteristically Black style in the visual arts.


The interviews of AfriCOBRA founders were donated to the Archives of American Art by TV Land/Hudson Street Productions, Inc. via Deva Newman, Executive Producer and Melissa Bear, Vice President, business and legal affairs, in 2010.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.