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ArtsTalk: Chandler's KKKrimes Against Womanity Art Series

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In recognition of Women's History Month, our series of ArtsTalk shows will be about Prof. Chandler's long history of depicting the realities of women's lives in his artwork. From the 1960s and 70s with his Black on Black for Blacks and Urban Weaponry works, Chandler has expressed value and concern for Black women in his art.

As a professor of Art and Art History for 33 years at Simmons in Boston, a women's college, Chandler taught about and began to take an interest in his art in creating works that portrayed other women's experiences. So, on this episode, we will discuss the intent of the content in his KKKrimes Against Womanity reprographic collage series that he began creating in the early 90s to depict the effects of atrocities of human holocausts like Native American eradication, African slavery and the Jewish Holocaust had on women's lives.

Called "controversial", a "Black Power Artist", "activist artist" and "Outsider Artist", Chandler, 70, was born in 1941 in Lynn, MA. He is best known for the edgy, colorful, controversial and hotly-debated artistic statements of his 1960’s-1980’s works.

Because he continues to evolve, his messages change to reflect his personal evolution, he is still an interesting, provocative speaker who can speak and/or lecture brilliantly about the historical relevance of his art and his activism to the worldwide struggle for race and gender equality as well as bridge the generation gap that is confounding this country’s leadership and confronting America as we move into the “internationalist” phase of our own evolution.

The show is co-hosted and produced by Chandler's daughter and artist agent, Dahna M. Chandler, an award-winning journalist.

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