For this very special Archive Salon we welcome Bay Area legend, Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 to the early 1980s. Douglas chronicled his community’s response to police brutality, racism, and economic injustice through his artwork for The Black Panther.
The Archive is honored to hold over 100 issues of the newspaper. We’ll show original prints of Douglas’s posters and covers while he describes his creative process, his experience with the Black Panthers, and how this work relates to today’s movement for social justice.
The Archive Salon Series is a monthly event featuring a member of the staff — or a guest expert — taking a deeper dive into specific collections or themes within the Archive. Salons feature a live overhead camera so our audience can experience the objects as they would in person. It’s a unique chance to discuss the work we love while showing the objects themselves. Salon video recordings are a benefit of Letterform Archive membership, but we’re making this video available free to the public.Watch the video
Emory Douglas was born May 24, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has lived in the Bay Area since 1951. He attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. Douglas was politically involved as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party, from February 1967 until the early 1980s. His work has appeared in museums and galleries all over the world and was published in the 2007 book, Black Panther, The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. Douglas is an AIGA Medalist and RISD’s MLK Honoree.
Stephen “Stewf” Coles (he/him), Letterform Archive’s Associate Curator & Editorial Director, joined the staff after serving on our Board of Directors since its inception. Born in Salt Lake City, he moved to San Francisco in 2004 to serve as FontShop’s creative director. He later worked as an independent consultant, connecting font makers with font users, and wrote the book The Anatomy of Type. With his background in design and journalism, combined with an obsession for type history, Stephen is responsible for the online face and voice of the Archive, and helps to shape the future of the collection. He continues to publish the influential websites Typographica and Fonts In Use.