Between 1960 and 1980, black artists and curators created a rich artistic community in Los Angeles. Artists involved in this community include Betye Saar, Melvin Edwards, Fred Eversley, Alonzo Davis, and Samella Lewis, to name just a few. These artists were inspired by the political and cultural changes in Los Angeles and by civil rights activism during this era. In 2011, Columbia University art historian Kellie Jones curated Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles to commemorate and exhibit this artistic community. In 2016, the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles digitized this remarkable collection. Site visitors can browse through 130 images and videos created by over 30 artists. Each work of art is accompanied by thoughtful commentary that positions the piece in context. Visitors can also explore this collection by artist, or by curated themes, including Frontrunners, Artist/Galleries, and L.A. Snapshot. This collection also includes three critical essays, including one authored by Jones.
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