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AfriCOBRA Meeting Minutes, 1971

AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) is an African American artist collective that was founded in 1968, first under the name COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists), in Chicago, Illinois. The founding AfriCOBRA artists were associated with the Black Arts Movement, and the group grew out of discussions on how their art could express a Black aesthetic. The AfriCOBRA philosophy emphasized positive revolutionary ideas and community effort.
Jeff Donaldson was a co-founding life-long member, and kept extensive files on AfriCOBRA’s early years. Here we have minutes from the group's regular meetings in 1971, from his papers.

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AfriCOBRA Meeting Minutes, 1972-1980

AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) is an African American artist collective that was founded in 1968, first under the name COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists), in Chicago, Illinois. The founding AfriCOBRA artists were associated with the Black Arts Movement, and the group grew out of discussions on how their art could express a Black aesthetic. The AfriCOBRA philosophy emphasized positive revolutionary ideas and community effort.
Jeff Donaldson was a co-founding life-long member, and kept extensive files on AfriCOBRA’s early years. Here we have minutes from the group's regular meetings in 1972-1980, from his papers.

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Aline Saarinen’s Diary, 1928

Aline Bernstein Saarinen (1914-1972) was an art and architecture critic, author, and television correspondent. She was an editor and critic for Art News and the New York Times, and became Chief of NBC's News Bureau in Paris--the first woman to hold such a position in television. She wrote and edited several books. Saarinen, who grew up in New York City as the daughter of two amateur painters, was already a talented writer at 14, evidenced by her 1928 diary. In the diary, Saarinen writes about her daily life, friendships, and interests, but also includes poetry, short stories, and prose. Saarinen's sunny personality, introspection, and teenage fixation on dances, dating, and boys, are shown through her expressive writing. Help transcribe her diary as part of the Smithsonian's #BecauseOfHerStory campaign to share and celebrate the diverse stories of American girlhood. Coordination of this and other girlhood history projects in the Transcription Center (including selection, digitization, cataloging, outreach, and educational resources) was funded by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative. Click here to learn more.

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Alma Thomas's Scrapbook for Shaw Junior High School Negro History Week, 1930-1940

Negro History Week, a precursor to Black History Month, was established by Carter Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1925, and first celebrated in February 1926. At Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C., painter and art educator Alma Thomas organized student activities as part of the celebrations honoring African American history and culture. Her scrapbook documents the Shaw Art Gallery exhibitions and school assemblies she organized in celebration of Negro History Week from 1930-1940. The scrapbook contains programs for the festivities and photographs of students at work in Thomas's classroom.

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Apollo Theater Cards - Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection (Set 1)

The Apollo Theater hosted numerous performances by popular entertainers who were primarily African-American, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations from the early 1930s to the present. In 1934, Frank Schiffman became the first manager of the Apollo Theater. Soon thereafter, he became co-owner, and retained the management position until the early 1960s. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Schiffman's sons, Jack and Robert assisted him with the management of the Apollo, and later took over management when Frank Schiffman's retired. To manage the Theater, the Schiffmans kept a number of different types of records, including “booking cards,” organized by the name of the artist, which detail the dates of performances; fees paid; and brief, but often quite candid, opinions on the quality of the performances, the performers and their drawing power (or lack of it). These helped the Schiffmans to determine future bookings and contracts. We're seeking your help to make these cards more useful for research and exploration; learn how to transcribe them here.

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Apollo Theater Cards - Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection (Set 2)

The Apollo Theater hosted numerous performances by popular entertainers who were primarily African-American, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations from the early 1930s to the present. In 1934, Frank Schiffman became the first manager of the Apollo Theater. Soon thereafter, he became co-owner, and retained the management position until the early 1960s. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Schiffman's sons, Jack and Robert assisted him with the management of the Apollo, and later took over management when Frank Schiffman's retired. To manage the Theater, the Schiffmans kept a number of different types of records, including “booking cards,” organized by the name of the artist, which detail the dates of performances; fees paid; and brief, but often quite candid, opinions on the quality of the performances, the performers and their drawing power (or lack of it). These helped the Schiffmans to determine future bookings and contracts. We're seeking your help to make these cards more useful for research and exploration; learn how to transcribe them here.

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Artist Interview: CYJO

CYJO (Cindy Hwang) discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern,Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Image: Daniel Dae Kim / CYJO / Digital pigment print / January 29, 2007 / Collection of the artist / Copyright CYJO. Interview currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Artist Interview: David Scheinbaum

Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning. Interview with David Scheinbaum, whose photography was part of NPG's exhibition "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture." Interview by NPG Web Developer Benjamin Bloom. See the online exhibition. Recorded at NPG, February, 2008. Interview currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Artist Interview: Hye Yeon Nam

Hye Yeon Nam discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Interview currently located on National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Artist Interview: Jefferson Pinder

Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning. Interview with Jefferson Pinder. His films were part of NPG's "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture." Interview by NPG Web Developer Benjamin Bloom. See the online exhibition. Recorded at Jefferson Pinder's studio, January, 2008 and currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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