“Purifoy: The Shit, the World, and Their Remaking” analyzes the assemblage artist Noah Purifoy’s role in the Watts Rebellion of 1965, paying particular attention to Purifoy’s position as the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center and as the artist and organizer of the exhibition “66 Signs of Neon,” which was made from the debris produced by the rebellion. The article focuses on how the rebellion and the exhibition arose out of a community’s attempt to contest its racial and economic predicaments and to fashion an alternative to them.
Purifoy: The Shit, the World, and their Remaking
Roderick A. Ferguson is professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. He is also co-editor with Erica Edwards and Jeffrey Ogbar of Keywords of African American Studies (2018). He is working on two monographs currently titled “The Arts of Black Studies” and “The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora.”
Roderick A. Ferguson; Purifoy: The Shit, the World, and their Remaking. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 July 2020; 119 (3): 447–460. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8601326
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