The image of Angela Davis was a lightning rod for both the left and the right in the early 1970s. A new exhibit explores her visual and political legacy through rare archival material from the collection of Lisbet Tellefsen, and with the work of artists including Faith Ringgold, Steffani Jemison, Carrie Schneider, Sadie Barnette, and others. The story includes interviews with Angela Davis, Lisbet Tellefsen, Steffani Jemison, and the co-curators Donna Gustafson and Gerry Beegan. See Angela Davis: Seize the Time at the Zimmerli Art Museum (September 8, 2021 – June 15, 2022) and the Oakland Museum of California in the fall of 2022.

Historical footage provided by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Angela Davis’s interview courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California.

Produced by Susan Wallner for State of the Arts. Narration by Nemuna Ceesay; Videography by Joe Conlon and Michael Ryan Lamarra; and Audio by Nico Osborne.