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THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM

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“Colors, like scents, are a royal road from the outside world to our emotions.” — Peter Schjeldahl*

The Underground Museum—founded in Los Angeles in 2012 by artists Noah Davis and Karon Davis—is dedicated to the exhibition of museum-quality art, and serving as a cultural hub for low-to-moderate-income communities.

According to UM director Megan Steinman, the museum’s current show ARTISTS OF COLOR—the third UM show curated by Noah Davis before his death in 2015—explores “how color is perceived or deployed, and how that can shift over time or by culture.”** Artists represented in the show include Josef Albers, Lita Albuquerque, Michael Asher, Jo Baer, Jeremy Blake, Noah Davis, Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Joe Goode, Carmen Herrera, E.J. Hill, Jim Hodges, Jennie C. Jones, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Imi Knoebel, Diana Thater, and Brenna Youngblood.

The museum has strong local partnerships with LAXART, MOCA, and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation. and future programming will be organized by Karon Davis (Noah’s wife), artist and director Kahlil Joseph (Noah’s brother), and MOCA chief curator Helen Molesworth.

All programs are provided free of charge.

 

ARTISTS OF COLOR, through February 4, 2018.

THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM, 3508 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles.

theunderground-museum.org/Artists-of-Color

A Friday night cinema series runs through October in the museum’s Purple Garden:

LA JETÉE (1962, directed by Chris Marker) and CRY OF JAZZ (1959, Ed Bland), Friday July 21, at 8 pm.

THE CHILDHOOD OF THE LEADER (2015, Brady Corbet), Friday, July 28, at 8 pm.

CITIZENFOUR (2014, Laura Poitras), Friday, August 4, at 8 pm.

PURPLE GARDEN CINEMA, THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM, 3508 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles.

*Peter Schjeldahl, “Going Pop: Warhol and His Influence,” The New Yorker, September 24, 2012, 94.

** latimes.com/underground-museum

From top: Joe Goode, Purple, 1961–1962. Photograph by Brian Forrest. Image credit: Underground Museum, MOCA, and Joe Goode Studio.

Noah Davis, 2004 (1), 2008. Image credit: Collection of Lindsay Charlwood and Ryan McKenna, and the Underground Museum.

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POWER AT SPRÜTH MAGERS

“The cultural contributions of women and women of color are still underrepresented in the art world, and we are still asked to contextualize our practice in ways that other privileged artists simply are not.” — Shinique Smith*

“I have recently been exploring the idea of doing my work in secret. I was inspired by discovering the work of The United Order of Tents. They are a secret society of black nurses. They have supported each other and done good works since the Civil War. The Mother Emmanuel Church met in secret for 35 years, while black churches were banned in South Carolina after the Nat Turner rebellion.

“I don’t really have time to explain my work to people who feel that I have an identity and they don’t. I don’t have time to unpack all that. I’m focused on using black feminist theory or any other tools that can help me sharpen my knife, and make better work.” — Simone Leigh*

POWER: WORK BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN FROM THE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO NOW, a survey of over 60 works by 37 artists—including Ellen Gallagher, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Betye Saar, Ntozake ShangeMickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Carrie Mae Weems—is now on view at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles.

The exhibition, curated by Todd Levin, also includes a selection of images from the Ralph DeLuca Collection of African American Vernacular Photography.

 

POWER: WORK BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN FROM THE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO NOW, through June 10.

SPRÜTH MAGERS, 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

 

*Artists’ quotes from Power, the booklet published on the occasion of the exhibition:

spruethmagers.com/exhibitions/445

ALSO SEE: theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/apr/05/kara-walker-karon-davis-power-black-female-artists

The participating artists: Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Sonya Clark, Renee Cox, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Karon Davis, Minnie Evans, Nona Faustine, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ellen Gallagher, Leslie Hewitt, Clementine Hunter, Steffani Jemison, Jennie C. Jones, Simone Leigh, Julie Mehretu, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Sondra Perry, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Joyce J. Scott, Emmer Sewell, Ntozake Shange, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Shinique Smith, Renee Stout, Mickalene Thomas, Alma Woodsey Thomas, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Kara Walker, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Carrie Mae Weems, and Brenna Youngblood.

Shinique Smith, Bale Variant No. 0023 (Totem), 2014 Clothing, fabric, accesories, ribbon, rope, and wood 243.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm 96 x 20 x 20 inches Image credit: Shinique Smith and Sprüth Magers

Shinique Smith, Bale Variant No. 0023 (Totem), 2014
Clothing, fabric, accesories, ribbon, rope, and wood
243.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
96 x 20 x 20 inches
Image credit: Shinique Smith and Sprüth Magers

STERLING RUBY’S TRAINS AT NIGHT GALLERY

TRAINSTRAINS

Night Gallery

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE LAID OUT IN LINES. THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HUNG IN

SEQUENCES BREAKING CHRONOLOGY. THE EXHIBITION WILL BE FORMAL, BUT NOT

JUST SHAPES. PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCULPTURE ARE NOT THE SAME THING, BUT

THEY ARE COMPANIONS. SOME CHOOSE MORE, SOME CHOOSE LESS, EVERYONE

HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO, AND THE BOUNDARIES ARE DERAILED.

PHOTOGRAPHY: NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, SARAH CONAWAY, RICHARD HAWKINS, MARCEL

ALCALÁ, ANNETTE KELM, MELANIE SCHIFF. SCULPTURE: THEA DJORDJADZE, ERIK

FRYDENBORG, PIERO GOLIA, JEFF ONO, AUGUSTUS THOMPSON, BRENNA

YOUNGBLOOD.

MOTIVE POWER, PULL YOUR WEIGHT, WHEN WILL THIS TRAIN EVER END, THE

PASSENGERS, THE UNDERGROUND, BLOCKING THE VARNISH, NIGHT TRAIN

EXPRESS, SPATIALLY SEPARATED IMAGES AND OBJECTS OCCUR AT THE SAME TIME

BECOMING LINKED BY THE OBSERVER, TRAIN AND PLATFORM EXPERIMENTS, WHEN

& WHERE EVENTS OCCUR WHEN YOU WERE NOT PRESENT, THE LOCOMOTIVE, THE

CHAIN, THE CABOOSE, THE TROLLEY PROBLEM, THE O TRAIN, THE REAPER RIPS

OVER THE TRACKS AND NOW EVERYTHING IS COVERED IN PISS.

— STERLING RUBY L.A., CA AUGUST 2014

Installation, TRAINS (image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS
(image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Richard Hawkins & Marcel Alcala  (image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Richard Hawkins & Marcel Alcala
(image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Annette Kelm (image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Annette Kelm
(image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS (image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS
(image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS (image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS
(image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS (image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)

Installation, TRAINS
(image courtesy of Night Gallery, photo: Dawn Blackman)