Barbara Jones-Hogu USA, 1938-2017


Barbara Jones-Hogu was born in Chicago, IL. She was a co-founder of AFRICOBRA and a member of the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), which completed the famous Wall of Respect in the Bronzeville neigh-borhood of Chicago in 1967. She received a BA from Howard University, BFA from the School ofthe Art Institute of Chicago, MFA from the Institute of Design in Chicago, and MFA in printmaking from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She returned to school in her 70s to pursue an MFA in Independent Film and Digital Imaging at Governors State University.


Jones-Hogu worked in a variety of printing techniques, including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screen prints. Her work dealt directly with social and political issues relevant to her community in her time. For example, her print Stop Genocide was based on what she saw as the “self-genocide” of Black gang violence. In the 2011 documentary AFRICOBRA: Art for the People, she recalled that the goal of AFRICOBRA was to make art for the Black community, made by Black artists, saying, “The people we were making art for looked like us.”


The prints Jones-Hogu made during her time with AFRICOBRA—which include Unite, Nation Time, Rise and Take Control, Relate to Your Heritage, High Priestess, Stop Genocide, and many others—have become recognized as some of the most iconic images from the group’s oeuvre. They have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and are included in many prominent private and institutional collections