Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 chronicles the vital legacy of the African American artistic community in Los Angeles, examining a pioneering group of black artists whose work, connections, and friendships with other artists of varied ethnic backgrounds influenced the creative community and artistic practices that developed in Los Angeles during this historic period.

Art Exhibition previously on at MoMA PS1 in United States.
From Monday 01 October 2012 to Monday 11 March 2013

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The exhibition presents well over 100 artworks by these artists and the friends who influenced and supported them during this period, in which the power of the black community strengthened nationwide as racial discrimination began to lessen as a result of new legislation and changing social norms.

The artists included in Now Dig This! represent a vibrant group whose work is critical to a more complete and dynamic understanding of twentieth century American art. Several prominent black artists began their careers in the Los Angeles area, including Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, and Betye Saar. Their influence, like that of all of the artists in the exhibition, goes beyond their immediate creative circles and the geography of Los Angeles-including to New York, where a number of the artists exhibited their work and ultimately settled.

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 is organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition is curated by Kellie Jones, and organized at MoMA PS1 by Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art.