This past weekend, the Downtown and Exposition Park Focus Weekend provided many opportunities for art goers to check out lots of great shows. One of the shows was California African American Museum’s Places Of Validation, Art, And Progression, a show that ties heavily to other shows in the city but that you may have somehow missed.
Places of Validation looks at Black art through the network of those that supported it during a time when black artists were–essentially–excluded from the larger artistic lens. For example: David HammonsDoor, pictured in this post (which belongs to CAAM and is in their show), addresses the systemic institutional exclusion of blacks, and to this day is one of the most borrowed works in the museum’s collection. The show, which is wonderfully important and needs to be on your radar screen, includes other similarly significant pieces and highlights the role that collectors, historians, advocates, and educators played in creating a strong foundation for Black artists to thrive–a support system of involvement that Angelenos can still feel today. Moreover, the show features about 180 artworks, video documentation of 50 murals, and six interview stations to share artists’ stories and involvement in the movement.
For more on Places Of Validation, check out the Pacific Standard Time blog!
Above: The Door (Admissions Office), 1969, David Hammons. Wood, acrylic sheet, and pigment construction. 79 x 48 x 15 in. Gift of the California African American Foundation; Collection of Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. © Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum.