African American Studies at Beinecke Library

Collection of Material Relating to the Black Arts Repertory Theatre & School

Posted in Beinecke Collections by beineckepoetry on February 8, 2007

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The Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BART/S), a key institution in the Black Arts movement, was founded in Harlem in 1965 by Amiri Baraka (then known as LeRoi Jones). In a BART/S mailing distributed in 1965, he wrote “The Black Arts repertory theater/school as its name indicates will be a repertory theatre as well as a school. It is my intention to set up in Harlem a repertory theater . . . By repertory theater/school is meant that the Black Arts will also set up and continue to provide instruction … in the dramatic arts.” The collection includes some 34 documents and pieces of ephemera, including posters, flyers, course offering announcements, mass mailing letters, promotional materials for performances, and blank forms. The materials, dating from 1965-1966, are from the collection of poet Langston Hughes.

A complete record for this collection can be viewed in Orbis: Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School.

Image: from LeRoi Jones, Black Magic: Poetry 1961-1967, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merril, 1969.

 

Exhibition: Black Panther Trial Sketches

Posted in Beinecke Collections, Exhibitions by beineckepoetry on February 5, 2007

The Black Panthers Trial: Courtroom Sketches by Robert Templeton on view at the Beinecke Library from January 10 to March 2

An exhibition of drawings documenting the Black Panthers trial in New Haven in 1971; the sketches were created by Connecticut artist, Robert Templeton. Because the courtroom was closed to artists and photographers, Templeton’s sketches were made surreptitiously, without the permission of the court; his drawings are, perhaps, the only visual record of the courtroom during this critical case. The collection includes small preliminary notebook sketches made in the courtroom as well as larger, finished drawings later displayed on television news broadcasts. Defendants Bobby Seale and Erica Huggins, Prosecutor Arnold Markle, and Judge Harold Mulvey are among the subjects represented.

Image: Bobby Seale with Prosecutor Arnold Markle, pastel sketch by Robert Templeton. Copyright, The Estate of Robert Templeton.