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African American Avant-Gardes, 1965–1990 (panel discussion)

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

The 1970s and 1980s were vital to the development of an African American art network in Los Angeles. Artists, scholars, and activists worked within existing art schools and museums and built new institutions to increase the visibility of African American art and culture.

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Meanwhile, young artists—supported by the creative efforts and achievements of an earlier generation—explored the aesthetic and political possibilities inherent in a variety of media, including performance, conceptual art, sculpture, assemblage, film, and video.

Many artists and their projects depended on collaboration as they challenged the boundaries of their chosen media, as well as the limits imposed by an art world that often practiced tactics of exclusion.

This conversation reunites four African American avant-garde artists who worked with organized collaboratives in the 1970s and 1980s such as Studio Z and Othervisions Studio before going on to individual careers of national and international importance.

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Panelists include:

  • Maren Hassinger, artist and director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art;
  • Ulysses Jenkins, artist and associate professor of art, University of California, Irvine;
  • Barbara McCullough, artist and filmmaker; and
  • Senga Nengudi, artist and lecturer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

The conversation is moderated by Kellie Jones, associate professor of art history and archaeology, Columbia University, and Judith Wilson, Ph.D, independent scholar.

Collaborative performance by Senga Nengudi and Maren Hassinger

About This Program
This program is part of the Getty Research Institute's ongoing Modern Art in Los Angeles series, for which the Getty invites leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics to discuss their contributions to Southern California's vibrant postwar art scene.

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