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Free Soul of a Nation Gallery Talks - Eric Hanks

Thursday, May 02, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Broad

Overview

The Broad will offer a series of 11 free Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 gallery talks on Thursdays at 7 p.m., beginning on Thursday, May 2 and running through the end of July. These free talks will offer unique perspectives on the art, artists, and era of Soul of a Nation from some of the gallerists and cultural leaders who were working during the 1960s through the early 1980s, as well as from community activists organizing today in South Los Angeles and emerging artists who have been influenced by the artists featured in Soul of a Nation. The series was co-curated in part by The Southern California Library.
 

May 2 - Eric Hanks

Eric Hanks was one of the leading representatives of Black artists through his Santa Monica gallery, M. Hanks Gallery, founded in 1988. By selling their works nationally, contributing to museum collections, and publishing catalogs, Hanks has helped create an audience and market for these artists. Hanks is currently a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


About Free Soul of a Nation Gallery Talks

 

May 2, 2019 - Eric Hanks

Eric Hanks was one of the leading representatives of Black artists through his Santa Monica gallery, M. Hanks Gallery, founded in 1988. By selling their works nationally, contributing to museum collections, and publishing catalogs, Hanks has helped create an audience and market for these artists. Hanks is currently a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


May 9, 2019 - Kohshin Finley

Kohshin Finley is a storyteller who paints. His deeply humane portraits of Black people are an act of defiance that amplify the voices of his friends, family, and community members. Finley is currently featured in Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary at the California African American Museum. Finley is a native and current resident of Los Angeles, where he earned his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design.


May 23, 2019 - Savannah Wood

Savannah Wood is a multidisciplinary artist whose work mines history, nature, and the murkiness of time. Wood’s work was recently included in Our Deep Waters: A Collective Body and she recently curated Plain Sight, both at Residency Art Gallery in Inglewood, California. Wood has deep roots in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California. She has been doing curatorial and communications work at Clockshop, a multidisciplinary arts organization based in Frogtown.


May 30, 2019 - Dale Brockman Davis

Dale Brockman Davis is an artist and curator, and was the co-founder, along with his brother Alonzo Davis, of the influential Leimert Park-based Brockman Gallery. Brockman Gallery exhibited several Soul of a Nation artists including Betye Saar, David Hammons, John Outterbridge, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and Noah Purifoy, as well as housed artists and provided them with studio space. Davis was also a longtime arts teacher at Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles.


June 6, 2019 - Dr. Todd Boyd

Dr. Todd Boyd is the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture and professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. A media commentator, producer, author, and consultant, Dr. Boyd (a.k.a. the “Notorious Ph.D.”) has been a dominant presence as an influential public intellectual, bridging the gap between the ivory tower and the world of popular culture since the early 1990s.


June 13, 2019 - Phoebe Beasley 

Phoebe Beasley is a widely-collected and exhibited artist, member of the California Arts Council, board member of The Music Center, and a longtime arts advocate. She has contributed several public murals in Los Angeles, and in 1998 collaborated with Dr. Maya Angelou on a book of poems by Langston Hughes, Sunrise is Coming After While. For 15 years, she served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Beasley has contributed immeasurably to the community of Black artists in Los Angeles. 


July 18, 2019 - Texas Isaiah

Texas Isaiah’s photographs articulate an ethic of care. His collaborative process challenges the normative power dynamic between photographer and “subject,” and demonstrates a deep commitment to queer people of color. Isaiah has exhibited at numerous spaces including the Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Charlie James Gallery, Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and the New Space Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.


July 25, 2019 - Janette Robinson Flint

Janette Robinson Flint is the executive director and founding member of Black Women for Wellness. Flint also participates with several advisory boards including Having Our Say, Leadership Development in Interethnic Relationships, and the National Advisory Board for Merger Watch, and is involved with the Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, and Trust Black Women. It was attending the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing China and conducting research in Cuba that inspired Flint to create of Black Women for Wellness. “It gives me great pleasure to imagine a world with powerful women at optimum physical, mental, and emotional health leading us to justice and peace,” states Flint. 


TBD - Hasani Simons and Damien Sojoyner

Damien Sojoyner is an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Anthropology and a self-described “Urban Anthropologist with a Diasporic Framework.” Sojoyner has written extensively on and advocates for criminal justice reform. He is active with The Southern California Library in South Los Angeles. Hasani Simons is a community organizer and an artist who grew up in South Los Angeles. Simons and Sojoyner will speak about their respective work in relation to the artwork and issues addressed in Soul of a Nation.

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