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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

Recap of yesterday 🌹 it was amazing!! Jorge, Djino and Orlando introduced the conversations in celebration of an exhibition that brought us so much joy, love and honor this year. As Djino said, "we may be saying goodbye to #wewantedarevolution today, but we can never say goodbye to the knowledge it brought us ". Did I mention we met @faithringgold @barbara_chase_riboud #howardenapindell @andriannacampbell #CamilleBillops @thomaslax and @ubwdance and experienced the send off by @bwaforblm ??? 😍😱😭 still swooning ❤️🌹 #bkmteens

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. 🔥🔥🔥

#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 big homie Shae and I got to sit in on a special screening and Q&A of ​​The Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series – Suzanne, Suzanne and Finding Christa- directed by Artist/activist extraordinaire #camillebillops [please, get familiar]! 💁🏾
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My introvert was suppressed and I had lots to say! Particularly about my interpretation of the way she acknowledged children and the need for them to identify with THEY PEOPLE.
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#camillebillops
#southsideprojection
#dusablemuseum
#getfamiliar
#herartiswaydopetoo

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But what does it mean to be a Woman in Print? 🌸 always handprinted, with 💜 over #afrobeats .
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#fruishun : byfruishun.com - video is up now! Check it out
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#margaretburroughs #almathomas #belkisayón #valeriemaynard #camillebillops #elizabethcatlett #minnieevans #samellalewis #lornasimpson #angelapilgrim #faithringgold #jennifermackwatkins

That's hot. Forgot the artist's name but will find out soon . Took this shot during a studio visit with #camillebillops #fly

Happy Birthday to Camille Billops. Had the privilege to meet this beautiful strong spirit and her life partner yesterday with @gardysaintfleur they don't make artist like these anymore
Moment 🙌. #camillebillops #saintfleurinc #sculptor #artist #filmmaker #artivist

#wewantedarevolution what a conversation #blackwomen artists create and dramatize what is difficult to articulate verbally
We Wanted a Revolution: #BlackRadicalWomen, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. It is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of #womenofcolor—distinct from the primarily white, middle-class mainstream feminist movement—in order to reorient conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history in this significant historical period.

#FindingChrista #CamilleBillops #womanist

Black History Day 171: #CamilleBillops’ first exhibition was at the African Art Exhibition in Los Angeles in 1960. By 1965 she had established an international reputation as a sculptor, printmaker, and photographer. In 1975 Billops and her husband, James Hatch, founded the Hatch-Billops Collection, Inc., a non-profit research library of #AfricanAmerican historical documents focusing on the arts. The Collection is an archive of African American memorabilia including thousands of books and other printed materials, more than 1,200 interviews, and scripts of nearly 1,000 plays. Although she began her career as a #sculptor, #ceramist, and #painter, Billops is best known as a #filmmaker of the black diaspora. She began her filmmaking career with Suzanne in 1982. Billops received the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 #SundanceFilmFestival for her autobiographical film Finding Christa, which documents her reunion with her daughter. Artist and Influence is a journal featuring interviews with noted American "marginalized artists" across a wide range of genres that Billops and her husband publish annually. Camille Billops lives in New York City with her husband. .
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..... #iconicblak #iconic #iconicblakwoman #thefutureisfemale #blackartists #blackhistory #blackhistoryyearround #blackgirlmagic #blackhistoryallyear #sayitloudImblackandImproud #365daysofblackhistory #didyouknow #onthisday #blackexcellence #blackexcellencetribute #weareamazing #blacklove #blackpride

The big homie Shae and I got to sit in on a special screening and Q&A of ​​The Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series – Suzanne, Suzanne and Finding Christa- directed by Artist/activist extraordinaire #camillebillops [please, get familiar]! 💁🏾
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My introvert was suppressed and I had lots to say! Particularly about my interpretation of the way she acknowledged children and the need for them to identify with THEY PEOPLE.
▪️
#camillebillops
#southsideprojection
#dusablemuseum
#getfamiliar
#herartiswaydopetoo

☆ 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

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