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somehow both hoarse & speechless after an unbelievably epic 5+ hours in the company of #camillebillops and #jameshatch, creators of the extraordinary #hatchbillopscollection. seen here, in alllll their fabulosity, with #jamesvanderzee as he shoots their portrait, circa 1970s. 🔥🔥🔥

There is so much to see and hear and think about at "We Wanted a Revolution." But only one work has made me cry in the dark: Camille Billops's extraordinary film about meeting her adult daughter Christa, whom she had given up for adoption when she was four. I've watched it twice - by myself in a corner of the exhibition. It's painful, fearless, eccentric, beautiful. I've never seen anything like it.
And I had almost forgotten about it for 25 years.
In another life, I helped create a production fund for the PBS documentary series POV. "Finding Christa," which premiered in 1992, was one of those films. I was startled and thrilled to see a film again that I played a very small part in getting on television a quarter century ago.
I've never met Camille Billops, but I owe her much of my understanding of the American artists who made and keep making the culture of our times. It's almost impossible to describe the great history that Billops and her husband James Hatch have spent forty years collecting, documenting and sharing with artists and scholars. Their famous archive has 1200 (!) oral histories and interviews with African-American artists. One afternoon in Atlanta several years ago, I lost all track of time reading transcripts and listening to tapes of Count Basie, James Baldwin, Owen Dodson - and many of the artists in "We Wanted a Revolution." Billops and Hatch weren't and aren't alone. One of the most striking things about "We Wanted a Revolution" is the clear sense these artists knew they themselves had to document the history they were making. No one else was doing it. The Establishment didn't want their revolution.
But here it is. Eloquent, angry, fragile, fierce, urgent and glorious. #wewantedarevolution #brooklynmuseum #camillebillops

#camillebillops #bam when you discover you are not 28...you are 83! And you need to start finding places for all your stuff.... #dying #archives

#DéjàVu? She likes Beefeater, possibly lemonade but definitely Beefeater. 🍸 #CamilleBillops #HatchBillops #VissidArte

Filmmaker, Artist, Activist & Actress #CamilleBillops || #BlackHollywood #BlackWmnDirectors #UnsungBlkDirectors

I wouldn't sell it either. #artist #camillebillops #sculpture #artinnyc

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☆ B L A C K R A D I C A L W O M E N ☆// "We believe that the most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else's oppression. In the case of black women this is particularly repugnant, dangerous, threatening and therefore revolutionary concept because it is obvious from looking at all the political movement that have preceded us that anyone is [considered] more worthy of liberation than ourselves. We reject pedestals, queenhood, and walking ten paces behind. To be recognized as human, levelly human, is enough." -- Combahee River Collective {A Black Feminist Statement}
#African #Black #Woman #Feminist #BKMuseum #Combahee #Collective #VirginiaJaramillo #EmmaAmos #CarrieMaeWeems #FaithRinggold #CamilleBillops #VivianBrowne #Creative #BlackArtist

Our newest acquisition for the collection, a gift from the artist Camille Billops. One of four hand colored prints celebrating the Hatch-Billops film KKK boutique. The artist and her husband James Hatch are represented in the print. What an amazing day...#CamilleBillops #wewantedarevolution #crowsneststudios #hatchbillopscollection

There is so much to see and hear and think about at "We Wanted a Revolution." But only one work has made me cry in the dark: Camille Billops's extraordinary film about meeting her adult daughter Christa, whom she had given up for adoption when she was four. I've watched it twice - by myself in a corner of the exhibition. It's painful, fearless, eccentric, beautiful. I've never seen anything like it.
And I had almost forgotten about it for 25 years.
In another life, I helped create a production fund for the PBS documentary series POV. "Finding Christa," which premiered in 1992, was one of those films. I was startled and thrilled to see a film again that I played a very small part in getting on television a quarter century ago.
I've never met Camille Billops, but I owe her much of my understanding of the American artists who made and keep making the culture of our times. It's almost impossible to describe the great history that Billops and her husband James Hatch have spent forty years collecting, documenting and sharing with artists and scholars. Their famous archive has 1200 (!) oral histories and interviews with African-American artists. One afternoon in Atlanta several years ago, I lost all track of time reading transcripts and listening to tapes of Count Basie, James Baldwin, Owen Dodson - and many of the artists in "We Wanted a Revolution." Billops and Hatch weren't and aren't alone. One of the most striking things about "We Wanted a Revolution" is the clear sense these artists knew they themselves had to document the history they were making. No one else was doing it. The Establishment didn't want their revolution.
But here it is. Eloquent, angry, fragile, fierce, urgent and glorious. #wewantedarevolution #brooklynmuseum #camillebillops

A spectacular video by #CamilleBillops, depicting #reallife #realwomen @brooklynmuseum .

@karenalexanderofficial this looks cool! Repost from @brooklynmuseum using @RepostRegramApp - Next month, discover multiple generations of black women artists, like #EmmaAmos, #CamilleBillops, #FaithRinggold, #BlondellCummings, #DindgaMcCannon, #BetyeSaar, #LorraineOGrady, #CoreenSimpson, #JulieDash and #CarrieMaeWeems, whose work expands the narratives of second-wave feminism. "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85" is a new exhibition that reorients conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history. #wewantedarevolution opens April 21 @brooklynmuseum. ⠀

Next month, discover multiple generations of black women artists, like #EmmaAmos, #CamilleBillops, #FaithRinggold, #BlondellCummings, #DindgaMcCannon, #BetyeSaar, #LorraineOGrady, #CoreenSimpson, #JulieDash and #CarrieMaeWeems, whose work expands the narratives of second-wave feminism. "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85" is a new exhibition that reorients conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history. #wewantedarevolution opens April 21 @brooklynmuseum. ⠀

Filmmaker, Artist, Activist & Actress #CamilleBillops || #BlackHollywood #BlackWmnDirectors #UnsungBlkDirectors

EXHIBITION | Pine Bluff, AR

Resilience, Art from the Permanent Collection by African American Women | Jan 26-Jul 8, 2017 | The Science & Art Center for Southeast Arkansas

Emma Amos, American Girl, 1974. © Emma Amos, www.asc701.org.

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#camillebillops #bam when you discover you are not 28...you are 83! And you need to start finding places for all your stuff.... #dying #archives

The woman of the hour #CamilleBillops. From the opening of Still Raising Hell. Still on display at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at @emoryuniversity
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