Themes

Artists/Gallerists

Lacking representation in mainstream institutions, African American artists opened their own venues in the 1960s and 1970s. Spaces such as Gallery 32, founded by painter Suzanne Jackson, and the Brockman Gallery, established by brothers Dale Brockman Davis and Alonzo Davis, a sculptor and a painter, respectively, became places to see cutting-edge work and havens for discussions, poetry readings, and fund-raisers for social causes. These spaces, and the artists who ran them, played an important role in the progressive struggles of the period while contributing to the diverse art scene in Los Angeles.

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"Artists/Gallerists." 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/themes/artistsgallerists.