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Who is Dewey Crumpler?

by Mitch Temple
    The name could have been lost in the back pages of an Elmore Leonard novel.  Instead it hangs above the best art show currently in Los Angeles.  A modest wing of the California African American Museum is packed with paintings, sculptures, etchings, videos, and installations. Curator Mar Hollingsworth was attracted by one piece in the museum’s permanent collection, “A Day in the Park, #4”.  When she went fishing to see what else the artist was up to she came across this body of work: the... [more]
Posted by Mitch Temple on 2/23/09

Wattstax Revisited

by Nancy Lupo
The exhibition, Wattstax: I Am Somebody, currently on view at the California African America Museum tells the story of Wattstax ’72.  This music festival took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (the same place where CAAM now stands) on August 20, 1972, seven years after the infamous riots of 1965.  The exhibition also presents the story of director Mel Stuart’s documentary, Wattstax: The Living Word, which was filmed in and around Watts before, during, and after the concert.  The film... [more]
Posted by Nancy Lupo on 9/23/07