Dream City, by Ulysses Jenkins, 1981

Ulysses Jenkins Dream City, 1981

Medium: Video transferred to DVD, color, sound
Dimensions: 5 min.
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artist. Video still courtesy of the artist

Jenkins's Dream City captures a performance that took place at Rachel Rosenthal's studio in 1981. This almost twenty-four-hour event presented to a paying audience involved performers from various backgrounds, including Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans, among them fellow artists Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi. Multiple characters and objects interact in a fantastical dream state, linked through a story being told aloud. With this performance, created in response to Ronald Reagan's presidency, Jenkins questioned the state of society, not only the political situation but also social, environmental, and economic issues.

Ulysses Jenkins, Dream City, 1981
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"Dream City." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016. https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/art/dream-city.