Complex Issues | South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s
Where: Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129th St.
212-854-1754 Price: Free
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Kellie Jones, Art History and Archaeology, and Farah Jasmine Griffin, English and Comparative Literature
Introduction by Deborah Cullen, The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
In South of Pico, Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles’s black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Emphasizing the importance of African American migration, as well as L.A.’s housing and employment politics, Jones shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, L.A.’s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. She also attends to these artists’ relationships with gallery and museum culture and the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With South of Pico, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027