South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s
Kellie Jones, a 2016 recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant," is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the author of several books, including EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, also published by Duke University Press. Jones has curated numerous national and international exhibitions, including Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.
Organize: Building an Exhibitionary Complex
In chapter 3 the focus moves from artistic creation to institution building. It provides an overview of how African American artists in postwar Los Angeles managed to create institutional structures through magazines, exhibitions, galleries and museums of their own (Black Art Quarterly, the Watts Summer Festival, Alonzo Davis and Dale Brockman Davis’s Brockman Gallery, etc.). It also explores how cultural workers such as Cecil Fergerson and Samella Lewis sought to integrate existing American establishments (i.e., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). The role of art collectors is considered as well.