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Colored Frames

Airs Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

A piece by artist Benny Andrews. During the film, Andrews recalls his inspira...

Credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

Above: A piece by artist Benny Andrews. During the film, Andrews recalls his inspiration for protest as a desire to show the world the wide breadth of his work, his paintings depicted people, beyond color lines, yet often his representations of blacks rarely were shown. He was able to instigate a movement that demanded and achieved more, if not better, representations of blackness in New York museums.

“Colored Frames” reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists.

Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.

Impressionistic video collages showcase the wide variety, both thematically and stylistically, of contemporary pieces of black artists working in the genres of illustration, abstraction and surrealism, among others.

Colored Frames - Trailer

A look back at the last fifty years in African American art, Colored Frames is an unflinching exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it is a naked and truthful look at often ignored artists and their progenies.

“Colored Frames” also chronicles the black artist's struggle for visibility and acceptance in mainstream art society as well as their experiences challenging assumptions about what constitutes "blackness," even within their own community.

Photo credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

A piece by artist Benny Andrews. During the film, Andrews recalls his inspiration for protest as a desire to show the world the wide breadth of his work, his paintings depicted people, beyond color lines, yet often his representations of blacks rarely were shown. He was able to instigate a movement that demanded and achieved more, if not better, representations of blackness in New York museums.

The importance of the film is underscored by the recent death of legendary artist Benny Andrews, to whom the film is dedicated.

Andrews, who makes his final appearance in the film, remarks “I hope that [people] see art as more than being a picture.”

Benny Andrews - In His Own Words

In this extended featurette from "Colored Frames - A Visual Art Documentary" legendary artist Benny Andrews speaks about his early life, inspiration, and legacy.

“Colored Frames” is an embodiment of that ideal, setting a deeply compelling, yet celebratory historical context to the beauty of the art showcased in the film.

Featurette - What Can Art Do?

A look back at the last fifty years in African American art, "Colored Frames" is an unflinching documentary exploration of influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it is a naked and truthful look and exhibition at often ignored artists and their progenies.

“A lot of the best reactions to the film comes from the visual display of the art,” says Director Lerone D. Wilson. “We were deliberate about capturing the film in HD, which was clearly worth it based on the ‘Ooh’s’ and ‘Aah’s’ we hear at each showing.” Ugbode added “There is room in the celebration of black history for new interpretations. This film tells the important, timeless story of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in a completely new way, which keeps the subject matter fresh while also exposing it to a new audience.”

Linda Goode Bryant - Controversial Exhibitions

Linda Goode Bryant, founder of Just Above Midtown, Inc. discusses some of the barriers that black artists were forced to overcome in order for their work to be shown in prominent New York City galleries in the 1970s and 80s. [Extended interview from the "Colored Frames" documentary bonus materials]

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CREDITS:

A Boondoggle Media production. “Colored Frames” was directed by Lerone D. Wilson. Presented by National Black Programming Consortium. Distributed by American Public Television.

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