“In SOUTH OF PICO, [writer, curator, and professor] Kellie Jones explores how artists in the 1960s and ’70s in Los Angeles’ black communities created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism… She shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility… She also attends to these artists’ relationships with gallery and museum culture as well as the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With SOUTH OF PICO, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.”*
Join the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice in welcoming Kellie Jones for a discussion and signing of her book.
KELLIE JONES—SOUTH OF PICO
AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING, Monday, October 23, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
ART + PRACTICE, Public Programs Space, 4334 Degnan Boulevard, Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
Artist Noah Purifoy (1917 – 2004) created his Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture over 15 years in Joshua Tree. The non-profit, all-volunteer Noah Purifoy Foundation (NPF) established in 1998 preserves and maintains the site for public participation.
Born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1917, Noah Purifoy lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree. Purifoy moved his practice out to the Mojave desert in 1989, where he lived for fifteen years until his death in 2004. Recognized as the founder of the Watts Towers Art Center in the 1960s, Purifoy created ten-acres full of large-scale assemblage sculptures, constructions and installations on the desert floor in Joshua Tree. Constructed entirely from junked materials, this otherworldly environment is one of California’s great art historical wonders. NPF’s mission is to preserve and maintain Purifoy’s outdoor museum as a permanent cultural center and park, and to promote greater public appreciation for the values embodied in Purifoy’s work.
I went there last week end, I was really impressed.
Just 2 hours and half from Los Angeles. You must go!
The lady there asked me to keep my pictures private, so you should go to see it.
OUTDOOR DESERT ART MUSEUM OF ASSEMBLAGE SCULPTURE*
63030 BLAIR LANE JOSHUA TREE
FROM LOS ANGELES:
San Bernardino Fry. 10 East to Hwy. 62.
Hwy. 62 through Morongo and Yucca Valleys.
Continue Hwy. 62 into Joshua Tree to YUCCA MESA St.
LEFT on YUCCA MESA St. to ABERDEEN.
RIGHT on ABERDEEN (cross Border St.) to CENTER AVE. (Aberdeen dead ends at CENTER AVE. and as you turn left on CENTER AVE. the roads are unpaved)
LEFT on CENTER AVE. and curve to right into BLAIR LANE (Also unpaved road). • You will see NOAH’S DESERT ART MUSEUM on the left at 63030 BLAIR LANE.
ps: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will present a major retrospective of artist Noah Purifoy entitled Junk Dada in June 2015