Betye Saar, Fragments, 1976. Color lithograph from an aluminum plate. 14 ½ × 18 ¾ in. (36.8 × 47.6 cm). UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Gift of Linda Levi and Barbara Leif. © 1976 Betye Saar

belonging

Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts.

belonging is an intimate grouping of works that center Black American domesticity and placemaking. The exhibition is inspired by the bell hooks novel, Belonging: A Culture of Place (2009), a collection of essays that explores notions of home through hooks’s personal journey to and from her birthplace in Kentucky. Featuring works by Edgar Arceneaux, Rodney McMillian, Kori Newkirk, Michael Queenland, Betye Saar, and Lorna Simpson, belonging explores the interiority of Black American life through the domestic realm, as place where intimacy, family, and personal identity intersect with broader issues of class, race, and politics.

belonging is organized by Erin Christovale, associate curator, with Vanessa Arizmendi, curatorial assistant.