In anticipation of the "Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum" arrival at the Gibbes Museum, the Charleston Chronicle discussed the exhibition and accompanying publication, which includes an essay from Dr. Jones. Click here to read more.
The Columbia Spectator covered the "Entangled Spirits" discussion that Dr. Jones moderated featuring artist Mickalene Thomas and writer Darnell Moore. If you weren't able to attend, you can read more about the discussion here.
Culture Talk sat down with Andrew Perchuk to discuss the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative and how it came together, including Dr. Jones's participation. Read more here.
The Getty Research Institute recently announced its African-American Art History Initiative, a new program designed to gather and organize African-American art history resources in a centralized manner, and Dr. Jones is proud to serve as a senior consultant on the project. The project is off to a strong start with the Getty Research Institute's acquisition of the papers of Los Angeles-based Betye Saar, a pioneer in assemblage.
Congratulations to Dr. Jones for receiving the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award at the Thirty-Ninth Annual American Book Awards for South of Pico. The award will be presented on Sunday, October 28 in San Francisco, CA. To learn more about all of the award winners and this year's ceremony, click here.
Dr. Jones is proud to have contributed "Charles White, Feminist at Mid-Century" to the accompanying catalogue for "Charles White, a Retrospective." See what Broadway World Chicago had to say about the exhibition - which will begin its run in Chicago in June before traveling to New York and on to Los Angles - here.
Artforum named South of Pico one of the best books of 2017! You can see more in the December 2017 issue.
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.