The Katherine Tsanoff Brown Lecture Series, in its inaugural year, honors Katherine Tsanoff Brown, Rice University's first teacher of art history, later the Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, and an ardent supporter of public lectures and visiting scholars in the arts.
A dialogue between Toyin Ojih Odutola, Barnard’s Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Artist-in-Residence, and Mary Sibande, Johannesburg and Venice Biennale artist, moderated by Kellie Jones, Columbia Professor of Art History and MacArthur Fellow. As one of the inaugural events of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE), two powerful contemporary artists discuss issues of esthetics, gender, race, and justice. What political role can artists play today?
Both Ojih Odutola and Sibande have created beautiful and original images of the human body. By defying stereotypes, their work opens new visions of who we are and could be. Toyin Ojih Odutola (Ife, Nigeria 1985-) was raised in California and Alabama, earned her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and now works in New York City. She currently has a show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, To Wander Determined. Mary Sibande (South Africa 1982-) lives and works in Johannesburg. She obtained her Diploma in Fine Arts at the Witwatersrand Technikon (2004) and a B-Tech degree from the University of Johannesburg (2007). Her works have been shown in South Africa, New York, and London.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Orzeck Artist in Residency, the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE), the Columbia Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) and the Barnard Art History department.
Join us on Thursday, November 30 at 6pm for an extraordinary conversation between mother and daughter - and celebrated authors and scholars - Dr. Kellie Jones and Hettie Jones discussing life and their books South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, How I Became Hettie Jones, and Love, H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones.
Lecture & Book Signing - South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the '60s AND '70s
Professor Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University, will be presenting a lecture based on her new book, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. Her research interests include African Diaspora and African American artists, Latin American and Latino/a artists, and problems in contemporary art and museum theory. The event will be followed by a book signing.
In South of Pico, MacArthur winner and Columbia University professor Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles’s black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, engaged activist arts scene in the face of racism and social upheaval. Building on her work on the Hammer exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Jones expands our understanding of the history of black arts in Los Angeles and beyond. She is joined by UCLA professor Robin D. G. Kelley.
Coffee, tea, and book signing to follow.
Lecture by Dr. Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University, and MacArthur Genius Fellow. Dr. Jones will read from and discuss her book South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. She will delineate 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. Integrating histories of African American migration, as well as L.A.'s housing and employment politics, Dr. Jones describes the work of black Angelino artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi in order to discuss the dislocation of migration, L.A.'s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Dr. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures. With this lecture drawing from South of Pico, Dr. Jones delves into the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.
After the lecture, Dr. Jones will have a question and answer period, as well as a reception.
Department of African American Studies and the Department of Film and Media Studies
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 South of Pico Kellie Jones explores how artists during the 1960s and 1970s in Los Angeles's 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'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, Los Angeles'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 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.
This day-long conference brings together acclaimed contributors from the UK and USA for a series of unique presentations and rich panel discussions that explore the art, artists and social histories featured in the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Topics of discussion include the role of key cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York in the development of American art in the 1960s and 70s, the influence of American art on British artists in the 1980s and beyond, and contemporary artistic responses to new forms of social and political change.
Contributors include: Sampada Aranke (San Francisco Art Institute), Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Edinburgh), Dawoud Bey (artist), Margo Natalie Crawford (Cornell University), Elvira Dyangani Ose (Creative Time and Goldsmiths, University of London), Tuliza Fleming (National Museum of African American History and Culture), Mark Godfrey (Senior Curator, International Art, Tate), Lubaina Himid (artist; University of Central Lancashire), Kellie Jones (Columbia University), Uri McMillan (University of California, Los Angeles), Marlene Smith (artist; Chelsea College of Arts), Zoe Whitley (Curator, International Art, Tate), and Deborah Willis (artist; New York University).
This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LT
5pm | Gallery Viewing and Public Reception
6pm | Lecture
Kellie Jones, MacArthur Fellow and professor of art history at Columbia University, has been rewriting the history of art to include artists traditionally excluded. Join a discussion of her research and curatorial work about contemporary African-American and African Diaspora artists and racial justice.
Free admission. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
Complex Issues explores difference, visibility, and representation through recent work by faculty of Columbia University and Columbia University School of the Arts in particular. Conversations invite challenging questions of racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, religious, and cultural complexity, and how they are articulated across discipline and genre today. This event is preceded by a special opportunity to view Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing, Wallach Art Gallery, 5:30-6:30pm. Co-presented by the Department of Art History and Archaeology; the Center for Jazz Studies; the Institute for Research in African-American Studies; and The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.
Points of View Speaker Series: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s with Dr. Kellie Jones
In her 2017 book South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Kellie Jones explores how the artists in Los Angeles's 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 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.
Dr. Jones, a 2016 recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant," is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University, the author of several books and 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.
This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition A Collaborative Language: Selections from the Experimental Printmaking Institute.
Columbia University professor Kellie Jones, an art historian, curator, and 2016 MacArthur Fellow, speaks about her new book, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, and current projects, with School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Romi Crawford.
Presented with emerge: journal of arts administration and policy, MA Department Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
*Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event.
As part of the Intellectual Publics series hosted by CUNY, Dr. Jones sits down with professor, author and musician Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
Ramsey is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Editor in Chief of Musiqology, a website dedicated to making musicology - the scientific study of music - attractive, fun and accessible to audiences around the world.
Join us for this special edition of Studio Salon as we celebrate the launch of Dr. Kellie Jones's book, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, an exploration of the vibrant arts scene in Southern California in the face of the tumultuous political environment of those decades. The evening's program will feature Dr. Kellie Jones in conversation with 2014–15 artist in residence Sadie Barnette, and Ashley James, MoMA Research Consortium Fellow in the department of Drawings and Prints, as they employ both the book and Excerpt in discussing migration, mobility and the future of black-owned contemporary art spaces. After the conversation join us for a reception and pick up a signed copy of Dr. Jones's book from the Museum Store!
This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
IRAAS presents a panel discussion on the exhibition "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85" [on view at the Brooklyn Museum April 21- September 17, 2017] which focuses on black women artists, examining the political, social, cultural and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.
Panelists: Co-Curators - Rujeko Hockley (CC’05) and Catherine Morris; Contemporary Artists - Simone Leigh and Jordan Casteel; Moderated by Prof. Kellie Jons, Art History & Archaeology; Faculty Fellow, IRAAS- Columbia University
Photo Credit: “Jan van Raay (American, born 1942). Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. Courtesy of Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay”
In honor of Howard University’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, the 28th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium will turn to examine archival legacies of the African Diaspora. As home to Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and the historic Howard University Art Collection, Howard University’s art community is eager to facilitate a dialog concerning notions of African American or African Diasporic archival aesthetics that connects generations through photographic practice and the life the archival object.
Dr. Jones joins New York University's Deborah Willis, Cornell University's Cheryl Finley, and a host of others for "Picturing Social Movements From Emancipation To Black Lives Matter," a discussion of art and social movements.
For more information or to register, visit http://conference.collegeart.org/.
Art historian, curator, and 2016 MacArthur Genius Award-winner Kellie Jones, has both rewritten and rectified the narrative of American art history by shepherding dozens of overlooked black artists into a canon that was narrowly white. With her single-minded focus on contemporary art of the African Diaspora, Jones has literally curated change. She discusses her career, activism, and vision for the future with trailblazing social media maven and blogger Kimberly Drew, a.k.a. @museummammy.
Tickets available here.