Posts tagged David Hammons
There Used to Be Vacant Lots by Fiona Bryson
The explosive growth of Skid Row in the late 1970s and 1980s, simultaneous with the dismantling of the welfare state under Reagan, was preceded by the erasure of downtown's Bunker Hill neighborhood. The ensuing commercial redevelopment moved affordable housing away from the city’s center, further increasing the racial and economic segregation already prevalent in L.A.'s DNA. In "There Used to Be Vacant Lots," Fiona Bryson charts the legacy of downtown artists who lived and worked alongside Skid Row's unhoused throughout the 1980s, observing, activating, and creating community within L.A.'s forgotten spaces.
Blues for Smoke: An interview with Bennett Simpson by Ingrid Calame
“Good art makes me want to talk to people,” says curator Bennett Simpson talking to artist Ingrid Calame about his 2013 MOCA exhibition Blues for Smoke. Ruminating on the blues, their conversation roams over cultural influences and intersections from Robert Johnson’s Delta legacy to the poetics of everyday experience.
Senga Nengudi’s “Ceremony for Freeway Fets” and Other Los Angeles Collaborations by Nick Stillman
Probably like most who are aware of her art, I’m an admirer of Senga Nengudi’s great RSVP series from the late 1970s. But for all the celebration of the RSVP installations as scrappier takes on formlessness in the manner of Louise Bourgeois and Lynda Benglis⎯and heavily filtered through assemblage art’s employment of freighted materials with a past life⎯it isn’t easy to find out much more about Nengudi’s other work.