Artists James Pate’s KKK – “Kin Killin’ Kin” – is a powerful and thought-provoking series of images that reflect artists James Pate’s deep love and even greater concern for the epidemic of youth violence in the African American community. If he were a singer, he would sing about it. If he were a dancer, he would dance about it. If her were a journalists, he would join the thousands who write about it. James Pate is a master visual artist who has directed his artistic vision to one of the most critical social ills of our time…youth violence.
In the KKK-“Kin Killin’ Kin” series, James Pate reveals a negative social reality in hopes of finding collective and positive solutions to a problem that touches us all directly or indirectly. Pate’s powerful images are visual call-to-action to find solutions to youth and gun violence in the community and created in hopes of engaging our youth and community in acknowledging that harsh reality of gun violence, and to dialogue positive alternatives and solutions towards negative behavior.
The show opens on July 13, 2013 and organized by SHANGO: center for the Study of African American Art and Culture, Inc., and EbonNia Gallery, Curated by Willis Bing Davis.
“KKK – Kin Killin Kin”- The Arts as an Agent of Change
DATE: Thursday, August 1, 2013
TIME: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
KKK – Kin Killin’ Kin” is a powerful and thought-provoking visual experience that reflects James Pate’s deep love and even greater concern for the epidemic of youth violence in the African American community. In the “KKK – Kin Killin’ Kin” series, Pate showcases a negative social reality in hopes of finding collective and positive solutions to a problem that touches us all directly or indirectly. In this gallery talk, James Pate, along with Willis Bing Davis, the curator of the exhibition, discusses how the arts can be used as an agent of change. Learn more . . .
Organized by SHANGO: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture, Inc., and EbonNia Gallery. Curated by Willis Bing Davis
“The Business of the Block”
DATE: Sunday, September 15, 2013
TIME: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
In conjunction with the exhibition, “KKK – Kin Killing Kin,” we present a daring discussion about the “money machine” driving black gangs in Chicago.
During this panel and open forum, you’ll not only hear from scholars who have studied the history and evolution of Chicago gangs and their street enterprises, but you will also gain insight from community leaders and former members of some of Chicago’s most notorious sets who will speak about the allure of gang life for financial gain and how we can intercept its draw by introducing youth to creative business and entrepreneurial endeavors.