The Alchemist's Notebook

September 19, 2019

A new exhibit is on view until June 2020 in the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library's Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall. The Alchemist’s Notebook: The Satire, Remixes and Haunts of Black Kirby is an exploration of Black History, hip-hop and comic book mythology and features digital art and artifacts from the Archives Research Center.

Black Kirby a collaborative "entity" that is Stacey Robinson (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) and John Jennings (Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside). Black Kirby functions as a rhetorical tool by appropriating comic legend Jack Kirby's bold forms and energetic ideas combined with themes centered around Afrofuturism, social justice, representation, magical realism, and using the culture of hip-hop as a methodology for creating visual communication. It also utilizes the notion of an alter-ego as a symbolic allegory for DuBoisian "double-consciousness" theory.