Exhibit and reception: Ajuan Mance’s 1001 Black Men

From Ajuan Mance's "1001 Black Men"

From Ajuan Mance’s “1001 Black Men”

The Grotto invites you to a opening reception in honor of artist Ajuan Mance, now showing selections from her work 1001 Black Men in the Grotto’s gallery space. An Oakland artist, author, and English professor at Mills College, Mance takes inspiration from the extensive research and teaching she has done in African American literature and history.

Taken from her online sketchbook, the brash, brightly colored images of “1001 Black Men” assert and celebrate the individuality of black men. As Mance writes, “In this series of drawings, I push past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives.”

The reception will be held at the Grotto (490 Second St, Second Floor, in San Francisco) on Friday, November 14. It’s free and open to the public; drinks and light snacks will be served. For more information about the artist and the 1001 Black Men series, go to