Santa Monica, CA - 18th Street Arts Center presents “Incognegro,” a solo exhibition of visual works by Mark Steven Greenfield and curated by Julie Joyce, September 29-November 30, 2007. The works offer a critique of race through blackface performance, one of America’s infamously controversial forms of entertainment. The ArtNight reception event will be held September 29, 2007, 4:00-8:30 pm, including two free concerts, and open studios by international and local artists. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5:30pm. 18th Street Arts Center is located at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica. For more details, go to www.18thstreet.org.
“Incognegro” includes multimedia photographs, paintings, and sculptures that appropriate and represent historic minstrel images and critiques race issues that are apparent through blackface performance. The show features 14 new works by Greenfield made over the past four years that have not been previously exhibited in Los Angeles that flirt with the line between racism and political correctness. The exhibition includes lenticular prints juxtaposing minstrel portraits, paintings featuring iconic accoutrements from vintage minstrel “how to” guides, photo portraits of contemporary blackface performers, and a series of motorized outdoor sculptures that literally inflate the artist’s distinctive forms of provocation.
Mark Steven Greenfield studied at Otis Art Institute and California State University, Long Beach and received his MFA from California State University, Los Angeles. From 1993 to 2002, he was the Director and Curator of the Watts Towers Arts Center. He led the 1998 U.S. delegation to the World Cup Cultural Festival and was a 2002 Getty Visiting Scholar. Mark continues to have an active life as a visual artist, exhibiting throughout the United States and abroad. Currently, he teaches drawing, design, and art history at Los Angeles City College and is Director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Julie Joyce (Curator) is Gallery Director of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at the California State University, Los Angeles. She received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Southern California. Joyce has worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. She has published reviews and articles in Art Issues and Artext magazines and has contributed to numerous published catalogues.
Check out the Audio Conversation with the Artist and Charmaine Jefferson,
Executive Director of the California African American Museum: