Walls of Pride Book Release
Sunday, March 13, 4PM-6PM
In Other Words Bookstore
14 Northeast Killingsworth Street
Celebrate the release of Walls of Pride: A Tour of African American Public Art, with brief talks and two short movies: a 16mm documentary on the Albina Mural Project and a piece on the history of In Other Words Bookstore. Refreshments will be provided by E’Njoni Ethiopian Cafe.
Walls of Pride provides a self-guided tour to 20 of the city’s African American public artworks through color photos, a detailed map, mural descriptions a…nd artist bios. The book gives context to these vital works through interviews with artists Isaka Shamsud-Din, Henry Frison and Adriene Cruz, and a transcribed conversation between curator Robin Dunitz and history professor Reiko Hillyer. Walls of Pride at once celebrates Portland’s African American art, while underscoring the need to preserve these oft-overlooked cultural contributions.
“If you know where to look, Portland is an art gallery. And somewhere amid this miles-wide showroom is a collection of African American mural art. But there’s no glass or alarms to protect what artists have made here; no guards to tell people not to touch. So, while bits have survived, some have been defaced and others have been torn down in the name of development…The booklet, “Walls of Pride,” offer[s] short histories on the pieces throughout the city, a map for self-guided tours and interviews with two local muralists, Shamsud-Din and Adriene Cruz, ‘to tell the story from the artists’ perspective rather than this outsider’s perspective.’”
– Ryan Kost, The Oregonian