Hammer Museum’s ‘Now Dig This!’

Now Dig This ! examines a pioneering group of African American 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. The exhibition presents 140 artworks by these artists and the friends who influenced and supported them during this period and explores and celebrates the significant contributions of African Americans to the canon of Los Angeles–based art.

Now Dig This ! was presented as part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a new force in the art world. Organized by the Hammer and curated by Columbia University professor Kellie Jones, Now Dig This ! chronicled and celebrated this nuanced and multicultural history of Los Angeles. Hammer Museum

I was invited by the Hammer Museum to document some of the art work for the museums comprehensive and lavishly illustrated Now Dig This! cataloque.

 

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