Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures. Vanguard Revisited exhibits images from the photographic essay BLACK PANTHERS, 1968--initially shown at San Francisco's de Young Museum 50 years ago--alongside never-before-seen images of the Black Panther Party from 1969 onward. San Francisco Art Institute (where Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones met while studying under Ansel Adams, and Jones later taught for many years), in partnership with the University of California, Santa Cruz, brings this expansive archive into conversation with contemporary artists, drawing on a not-so-distant past to discuss a still-volatile present.
This exhibition revisits the historic photographic essay “BLACK PANTHERS, 1968,” by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones, which was originally shown at the de Young Museum 50 years ago. It’s guest curated by Leila Weefur with the objective of reconsidering this archive in contemporary terms, alongside the ideas of contemporary artists, to create “a new understanding of the Black political imagination.”