Author Talk + Book Signing: Kellie Jones: South of Pico
4334 Degnan Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90008
October 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
The California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice (A+P) are pleased to host esteemed author, curator, and Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and African American Studies at Columbia University Kellie Jones, who will discuss and sign her new book South of Pico, in conversation with CAAM Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, Naima J. Keith.
In 'South of Pico' Kellie Jones explores how artists during the 1960s and 1970s in Los Angeles' black communities 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 Los Angeles' 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, Los Angeles' 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 as well as 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.
ABOUT KELLIE JONES
Kellie Jones, a 2016 recipient of a MacArthur «Genius Grant,» is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the author of several books, including 'EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art,' also published by Duke University Press. Jones has curated numerous national and international exhibitions, including «Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980» and «Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.»
PRAISE FOR SOUTH OF PICO
"[A] deeply researched, panoramic depiction of how black artists made not only great art, but their own art world in Los Angeles during two crucial decades… Quite simply, the history, not just of art in Los Angeles, but of modern American art generally will have to be reconceived on the basis of 'South of Pic'o and 'Now Dig This!'."— Barry Schwabsky, Hyperallergic
“A gifted and original scholar, Kellie Jones offers unique and stimulating insights into the role L.A.’s close-knit African American artists and communities played in creating art spaces in museums, cultural centers, and storefronts. 'South of Pico' is broad in scope, tracing the narratives of oft-neglected artists, exploring the contributions of women artists and feminist visual theory, and highlighting the history of collecting by Hollywood movie stars and entertainers. Wonderfully innovative and extraordinarily researched, 'South of Pico' is a foundational study for western American art.” — Deborah Willis, author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present
«Born of decades of research as well as her award-winning exhibition 'Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980,' this brilliant book by Kellie Jones narrates the rise of this African American art world. Examining the migration of black visual artists to Los Angeles, she discloses the geography of artistic invention against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, Black Power and arts activism, and violent unrest. With this volume, Professor Jones has authored a nuanced and essential history of African American art in the West.» — Henry Louis Gates Jr.
— This public program is a collaboration between the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice (A+P). Copies of South of Pico will be available for sale thanks to Esowon Books.
All programs at Art + Practice are free and open to the public. No RSVPs or tickets are necessary, but seating is limited. Please arrive early to find a seat. Metered street parking and public parking lots are available.
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