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Art After Dark: Iconic Blackness

Bob Thompson's Homage to Nina Simone with displayed on a blue background

February 23, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Virtual program

In honor of Black History Month, Art after Dark celebrates the incomparable Nina Simone through the eyes of artist Bob Thompson, under the influence of AfriCOBRA. 

During this virtual gathering facilitated by Lead Museum Educator Nicole Bond, recreate Bob Thompson’s 1965 oil on canvas Homage to Nina Simone, using actual Kool-Aid colors, as an homage to the signature style of AfriCOBRA (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). Paint in the comfort of your own home or studio while relaxing to the sounds of Nina Simone music. 

FREE. To help build a community of participants, capacity is limited and advanced registrations is required.


Suggested materials

A limited quantity of free art supply kits are available for pick up at the museum. Request yours during the online registration. 

  • Pencil
  • Heavy paper
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Kool-Aid packets (blue raspberry, cherry, grape, lemonade, lime, orange)

Image: Bob Thompson, Homage to Nina Simone, 1965, Oil on canvas, 50 1/8 x 74 1/8 in. (127.3 x 188.3 cm). Minneapolis Institute of Art, The John R. Van Derlip Fund. © Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York.