Introduction: South of Pico: Migration, Art, and Black Los Angeles
The book opens by introducing concepts of migration, geography, and spatial theory. While African American migration between the two world wars is perhaps a well-rehearsed topic, this section looks at how such movement and dislocation impacted the materiality of contemporary art practice. Geographic and spatial theory is wielded as a way to think about African American influence on a changing nation. How do artists see and capture this new political landscape? And how does art by African Americans in the postwar period set out to respatialize the world as we know it?
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Ankrum Gallery Records, 1960–1990
arco Center for Visual Art Records, 1976–1984
Dwan Gallery Records, 1959–82
John Outterbridge Papers, 1953–1997
Noah Purifoy Papers, 1935–98
Charles W. White Papers, c. 1930–1982
Woman’s Building Records, 1970–1992
Artists Files, Balch Art Research Library, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Artists Files, Museum of Modern Art Library, New York
Emory University, Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library Samella Lewis Papers
Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Special Collections and Visual Resources
New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York University, Fales Library and Special Collections
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
African American Artists of Los Angeles. Interviews by Karen Anne Mason.
Los Angeles: Oral History Program of the University of California.
Kinshasha Holman Conwill, 1996
Alonzo Davis, 1994
Cecil Fergerson, 1996
Marvin Harden, 1992
Suzanne Jackson, 1998
Samella Lewis, 1995
John Outterbridge, 1993
William Pajaud, 1993
Noah Purifoy, 1992
John Riddle, 2000
Betye Saar, 1996
Curtis Tann, 1995
Ruth Waddy, 1993
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Bruce Conner: “Oral History Interview with Bruce Conner, 1974 March 29.”
George Herms: Paul Karlstrom, “Oral History Interview with George Herms, 1993 December 8, 10, 13–1994 March 10.”
John Outterbridge: Allen Bassing, “Interview with John Outterbridge, 1973 January 3.”
Charles Wilbert White: “Oral History Interview with Charles Wilbert White, 1965 March 9.”
Maren Hassinger, telephone interview with the author, May 29, 1996.
Los Angeles Art Community: Edward Kienholz, interviewed by James Weschler. Los Angeles: Oral History Program of the University of California, 1976.
Samella Lewis, interviewed by Richard Cándida Smith. Samella Lewis: Image and Belief. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities, 1999.
Miriam Matthews, interviewed by Eleanor Roberts, March 14, 16, 17, and 22, 1977, in Ruth Edmonds Hill, ed., The Black Women Oral History Project, vol. 7, The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe College. Westport, CT: Meckler, 1991.
Evangeline Juliette (E. J.) Montgomery, interview with the author, May 18, 2003.
Senga Nengudi, telephone interview with the author, June 3, 1996.