Black Artists Group
|Black Artists Group|
|Also known as||BAG|
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
The Black Artists Group (BAG) was a multidisciplinary arts collective that existed in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1968 to 1972.
Members included saxophonists Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, J. D. Parran, Hamiet Bluiett, and Luther Thomas; trumpeters Baikida Carroll and Floyd LeFlore; trombonist Joseph Bowie; drummers Bensid Thigpen and Charles "Bobo" Shaw; bassist bobby reedArziniaRichardson; stage directors Malinke Robert Elliott, Vincent Terrell, and Muthal Naidoo; actors LeRoi S. Shelton; poets Ajule (Bruce) Rutlin and Shirley LeFlore; dancers Georgia Collins and Luisah Teish; and painters Emilio Cruz and Oliver L. Jackson (NOTE: while Jackson was not officially a member, he was deeply involved with BAG and is usually listed as a member). In addition, Ronnie Burrage was considered one of the youngest members (11 & 12 years old) of BAG as he began to perform with various members in 1971 & 72.
- Looker, Benjamin. 2004. BAG: Point from which creation begins: the Black Artists' Group of St. Louis. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press. ISBN 1-883982-51-0
- BAG page from Washington University in St. Louis site
- A 2004 article on BAG's music wing
- Poets of Action: The Saint Louis Black Artists' Group, 1968-1972