Thursday, July 20, 2017

How Drawing 1001 Black Men Helped an Artist to See

Stills from Arjuan Mance's series, '1001 Black Men'.
Stills from Arjuan Mance's series, '1001 Black Men'. (Photo: Courtesy Ajuan Mance)
The first drawing in Ajuan Mance’s sketchbook-journal-art-project series, 1001 Black Men, is the torso of a shirtless, African-American man — inspired by the men who play basketball on the corner of Brookdale and High in East Oakland. The last is a drawing of her own father.
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