Friday, May 14, 2010

 

IVAN B. WATKINS' RED + BLACK = MAROON

Red + Black = Maroon

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission - Refreshments Served

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Ivan B. Watkins is an internationally recognized artist, filmmaker, and ethno-historian, born and raised in New Orleans. He is a graduate of NOCCA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and University of Chicago (MA-Social Science) and is completing a Doctoral Dissertation “African American Indian Uprisings and the Black Indians of New Orleans Carnival.”

Since1989 he has led more than 50 community-based public art projects, producing numerous large-scale outdoor/indoor murals, mosaics, and sculptures throughout the United States and abroad. Committed to offering social catharsis through cultural arts, and public education, Ivan’s work has engaged Jewish, Latin American, Asian, Pacific Islander and American Indian communities through: ethnographic research, public events, lectures, educational museum/gallery exhibitions, documentary film, as well as multi-media and theatrical performances.

Ivan’s Documentary films in varying stages of completion include: ZAMBO – African and Native American Cultural Survival, “The Blackheart Man” – exploring the theme of self-sacrifice in folk heroes and leaders, “Success in the Making” – a biographical portrait of TRU Records visual artist Kernell Reynolds and the emergence of Gangsta Rap entrepreneurship, as well as a video memorial to the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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For more information call (504) 569-9070.



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