Professor Kellie Jones Curates "Now Dig This!" at the Hammer Museum
Curated by Professor Kellie Jones and organized by the Hammer Museum, a unit of the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA, "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980" celebrates the multicultural history of Los Angeles and chronicles the vital legacy of a pioneering group of African American artists. The work of these practitioners was animated by the civil rights and Black Power movements, reflecting the changing sense of what constituted African American identity and American culture.
"The artists that have been included in 'Now Dig This!' represent a vibrant group whose work is critical to a more complete and dynamic understanding of twentieth century American art. Their influence goes beyond their immediate creative circles and their legacy is something we are only now beginning to fully understand," says Professor Jones.
The exhibition runs from October 2, 2011 through January 8, 2012.
Selected Reviews and Articles
Curator in the Classroom: The Artistic Eye of Prof. Kellie Jones, Columbia News, December 21, 2011
Art review: 'Now Dig This!' at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2011
Can You Dig It?, W Magazine, October 2011
Left of Black S2:E6 with Dr. Kenneth Montague and Kellie Jones, October 17, 2011
Laying Claim to Its Place in the Sun, The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2011
California Dreamin', Artforum, October 7, 2011