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UCI Illuminations - South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s

  • University of California Irvine African American Studies Humanities Gateway 1030 Irvine, CA 92697-6850 (map)

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