MoMA | 11 West 53rd Street
In conjunction with the MoMA PS1 exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, this full-day symposium explores the relationship and parallels between the African American artistic communities in Los Angeles and New York through examining the social and cultural atmosphere of the 1970s in both cities, the significance of the Just Above Midtown artist space to the New York community, and the influences these artists have on their contemporaries. The program ends with a special performance by artist Maren Hassinger, with a reception to follow. Participants include exhibition curator Kellie Jones, with scholars C. Ondine Chavoya and Komozi Woodard, curators Franklin Sirmans, Naima Keith, and Kalia Brooks, and filmmaker and founder of Just Above Midtown Linda Goode Bryant. Participating artists include Lorraine O’Grady, Ulysses Jenkins, Senga Nengudi, Steffani Jemison, Xaviera Simmons, Sanford Biggers, Hank Willis Thomas, Kira Harris, and Maren Hassinger.
Tickets ($12, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk in the main lobby, the film desk or at the film desk on the day of the program.
Now Dig This! From Los Angeles to New York Symposium is supported in part by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University.