1001 Black Men is an exhibit of Ajuan Mance's artwork featuring selections from the online sketchbook, as well as some newer works. It is on display in the 5th floor Art & Music Department during regular library hours.
Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College and a lifelong artist and writer. Ajuan's comics and zines include Gender Studies, The Little Book of Big, Black Bears; A Blues for Black Santa; and the 1001 Black Men series, featuring images from the online portrait series of the same name. Ajuan has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as comic and zine fests, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn. Both her scholarly writings and her comics and zines explore the relationship between race, gender, and representation, specifically as it applies to people of African descent in the U.S. Ajuan is partly inspired by her teaching and research in U.S. Black literature and history. Here most recent book, Before Harlem: An Anthology of African-American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century, was published in 2016.
Meet the artist and learn more about the work on display at an artist's talk on June 17.