Africana Institute at the Gallery of Essex County College will host the Art of Wabembe exhibition of the collection of the late Carl Whiteurs, for Black History Month. The community is invited to attend the reception on Friday, February 24. Whiteurs’ daughter, Ghana Imani Hylton, a Montclair resident, will speak on her father’s work and life.
Carl Whiteurs was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and then lived in the Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey, before entering the United States Air Force. He was known as the Michelangelo of the Air Force for his massive paintings. Wabembe, as he became known, began doing graphic designs in middle school and progressed quickly as an artist. He became active in the Pan African Movement and focused much of his work on the African and Black experiences. Wabembe designed magazine and book covers including a book cover for Amiri Baraka, an album cover for singer James Mtume. Additionally, he completed commissioned paintings for Muhammad Ali and a portrait of former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. He lived in Los Angeles, California until his death in 2008.
Wabembe’s daughter Ghana Imani lives in Montclair and is the caretaker of his extensive artwork now on display in The Gallery at Essex County College in Newark for the month of February as part of the College’s observation of African Diaspora History Month.
Art of Wabembe Reception and Exhibition
Exhibition: February 1 – 28 / Reception: February 24 from 5:30 pm – 9 pm
The Gallery at Essex County College, 303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ
Presented by The Africana Institute and Ghana Imani Hylton