Sister Karen Boccalero, Marie J. Calloway, George Clack, Dan Concholar, Houston Conwill, Alonzo Davis, Dale Brockman Davis, Sheila de Bretteville, Mark Disuvero, Melvin Edwards, Fred Eversley, Charles Gaines, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Suzanne Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Ulysses Jenkins, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Samella Lewis, Ron Miyashiro, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Joe Overstreet, William Pajaud, Noah Purifoy, John Riddle, Betye Saar, Raymond Saunders, Elizabeth L. Taylor, Ruth Waddy, Gordon Wagner, Charles White, Tyrus Wong, Andrew Zermeno at Hammer Museum
October 2nd, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
This worthwhile, though problematic, exhibition begins simply but evocatively, in a small antechamber, with a juxtaposition of two works that manages to suggest a number of the historical and aesthetic trajectories that will unfold in the rooms to come.
The first of these is a 1964 drawing by Charles White, who came to prominence as a WPA muralist before accepting a teaching position at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. The piece, entitled Birmingham Totem, was created in response to a 19... [more]