One of the most pervasive stereotypes constructed during the post-Civil War era, and arguably the most enduring image from the days of Jim Crow, the mammy was a staple caricature in the romanticization of the Antebellum South. Popularized into the twentieth century by characters such as “Mammy” in MGM’s hit film Gone with the Wind (1939), this archetype of black domestic servitude was often depicted as good-natured, overweight, and loud. Presenting an ahistorical view of black womanhood within southern plantation hierarchies, the mammy not only embellished the realities of black life in the American South, but it also denied African American women their femininity, beauty, and strength.
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Visual Artist Bernard Hoyes is pleased to present “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” an exhibition of large scale watercolor paintings that speaks to the ecological life of the Desert. The works evoke beauty and spirituality, ultimately observing the transformation of the land by climate change over the past ten years.
AGCC proudly presents Bridging San Pedro: Visual Literacy as Community Practice, an exhibition that highlights the community’s relationships to the land and sea. Curated by jill moniz, this project extends visual literacy and action to empower community and place. Artists and community members come together to honor the past, articulate the complexities of the present and forge a visually communal, participatory language and making that bridges San Pedro. Artists June Edmonds, Cole James, Blue McRight, and Alexis Slickelman will exhibit…
For decades black artists in Los Angeles have worked with metal for its historic and symbolic significance, as well as for other sociocultural, political, and practical considerations. LABlacksmith highlights this tradition, from historic Los Angeles metal sculpture that signifies the durability of West African metalsmithing aesthetics to contemporary explorations of iron and steel alloys, bronze, copper, tin, aluminum, and gold. Beginning with Beulah Woodard’s homages to African mask making, LABlacksmith examines how the Watts Rebellion and other political and aesthetic ideas…
LA #Unshuttered showcases the photography of young artists advocating for social justice. Featured are works by ten Los Angeles-based, high-school students who have been learning about, engaging in, and working for causes greater than themselves. Tuesdays – Thursdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Los Angeles–based artist Timothy Washington (b. 1946) has crafted a visionary display of mixed-media works in his Leimert Park residence for over fifty years. A prominent figure during the Black Arts Movement—a key moment in the 1960s and 1970s when African American artists and writers collectively celebrated black culture— Washington has been a pioneer of socio-politically charged work ever since, exhibiting both locally and nationally with renowned fellow artists, such as Charles White and David Hammons. In the late 1970s,…