Dr. Jones joined the hosts of the Los Angeles Review of Books Radio Hour podcast to chat about South of Pico. To hear this discussion about the social, economic, historical, and artistic forces that influenced a generation of Black artists in Southern California, click here.
South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s is now available!
In South of Pico Dr. 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.
Dr. Jones takes on the role of interviewer in this conversation with artist, photographer, activist and fellow MacArthur Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier. See what she had to say about collaborating with family, gentrification in her hometown and the importance of being a witness here.
Dr. Jones' new book South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s is almost here, and to celebrate we are providing a first look. In this excerpt, South of Pico establishes the roles that the African American migration of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, opportunities, segregation and socioeconomic climate play in the development of the African American art scene in postwar Los Angeles.
Get your first look here.
Amherst featured Dr. Jones and her recent campus appearance on their website. See the highlights here. You can also view her video interview with Amherst professor Nicola Courtright reflecting on her time as a student and her career as a curator and art historian below.
Rand Richards Cooper of Amherst Magazine spent an afternoon with Dr. Jones taking in the art at The Studio Museum in Harlem followed by a late lunch at the renowned Red Rooster. Read more about their afternoon in New York here.
Dr. Jones sits down with Stephania Davis of The Crisis Magazine to talk about her journey in the art world and what it was like receiving the call from the MacArthur Foundation. Click here to see what she has to say.
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Dr. Kellie Jones is featured in "16 Bars," a recurring column at MusiQology highlighting diverse voices across social media and aggregating them in a kind of thematic digital verse. Click here to read more.