Port Huron Project Comes to Oakland

Angeladavisart.jpgCreative Time (NY) and the Oakland Museum of California present Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project 5: The Liberation of Our People, a reenactment of a landmark 1969 speech by legendary activist Angela Davis, on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 6 p.m. The restaging takes place at DeFremery Park in West Oakland, the original site. The event is free and open to all.
DeFremery Park (formerly Bobby Hutton Park, after the martyred Black Panther) is in West Oakland, at 1651 Adeline St., between 16th and 17th streets.
Mark Tribe’s Port Huron Project is a series of reenactments of key New Left speeches from the 1960s and 70s, presented to examine American democracy by considering today’s political situation in context to that of the 1960s and 70s. Tribe’s intent is to examine and inspire civic dialogue about political and social concerns of our times as we approach the culmination of the presidential election cycle.
Angela Davis’s 1969 speech passionately advocated combining anti-Vietnam War sentiments with social justice causes, emphasizing her points with illustrations of government treatment of the Black Panther Party and the controversial trial of the Chicago 7, which occurred only weeks before.
Creative Time (CT) and the Oakland Museum of California set the stage for the Saturday reenactment with a talk with Tribe and senior curator of art René de Guzman, on Friday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. (part of the museum’s First Fridays After Five).
Before Tribe’s talk, the museum will present a 6:30 p.m. screening of CHICAGO 10, an experimental documentary that combines animation, archival film footage, and audio recordings. Directed by Academy Award-nominated producer and director Brett Morgan, the film recounts the buildup to and unraveling of the Chicago conspiracy trial after the 1968 Democratic National Convention. CHICAGO 10 is presented courtesy of ITVS Community Cinema. The film and the artist talk are both free. Please visit www.museumca.org for more information.
Currently on the faculty of Brown University as assistant professor of modern culture and media studies, Tribe is a renowned artist and curator concerned with art, media and politics, and a cofounder of Rhizome.org, an online resource supporting art and technology.
The Port Huron Project was created with initial funding from Creative Capital and further support from Creative Time, as a project within Democracy in America. For more information on past and future Port Huron Project reenactments, please visit http://nothing.org/porthuronproject. Call 510/238-2200 or visit www.museumca.org for more information.