South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s

University of California, Irvine

DepartmentFilm and Media Studies

Date and Time: October 24, 2017 – 4:00 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

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South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s

Lecture by Dr. Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University, and MacArthur Genius Fellow.   Dr. Jones will read from and discuss her forthcoming book South of Pico:  African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s.  She will delineate how the artists in Los Angeles’s black communities during the 1960s and 1970s created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism. Integrating histories of African American migration, as well as L.A.’s housing and employment politics, Dr. Jones describes the work of black Angelino artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi in order to discuss the dislocation of migration, L.A.’s urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility. Dr. Jones characterizes their works as modern migration narratives that look to the past to consider real and imagined futures.  With this lecture drawing from South of Pico, Dr. Jones delves into the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.

After the lecture, Dr. Jones will have a question and answer period, as well as a reception.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, the Department of Film and Media Studies, and the Department of African American Studies. Free and open to the public.


Dr. Kellie Jones is Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.

Dr. Jones has received numerous awards for her work from the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University; Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and a term as Scholar-in-Residence at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Europe in Giverny, France. In 2016 she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Dr. Jones’s writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues and such journals as NKA, Artforum, Flash Art, Atlantica, and Third Text.  She is the author of two books published by Duke University Press, EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art (2011), and South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s (2017).

Dr. Jones has also worked as a curator for over three decades and has numerous major national and international exhibitions to her credit.  Her exhibition “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980,” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, was named one of the best exhibitions of 2011 and 2012 by Artforum, and best thematic show nationally by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She was co-curator of “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the 1960s” (Brooklyn Museum), named one the best exhibitions of 2014 by Artforum.

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Hansen Lecture at Fullerton, CA

Repost from @cophfullerton … Save the date! The COPH’s annual Hansen Lecture is coming up on October 25th at 5:30 p.m. It will be held in  Titan Student Union Pavilion A on the California State University, Fullerton campus. The event is free and open to the public!

Author and documentarian Sam Stephenson’s lecture, “Wide-Angle View: An Experimental Approach to Writing and Documentary Work,” is based on his recent book, “Gene Smith’s Sink: A Wide-Angle View,” the result of two decades researching the life and work of photographer W. Eugene Smith. Smith, a pioneering documentarian for Life magazine, created one of the most important archives in twentieth-century photography but remains a mysterious and provocative figure. Stephenson previously wrote books and curated exhibitions on two of Smith’s major unfinished projects: Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Project (2003) and The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965 (2009). #samstephenson #lifemagazine #photography #csuf #archives #documentaries #coph #oralhistories #EugeneSmith

Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt Lecture

Attend tonight’s lecture in Orange, CA at Chpman Univeristy.

Denial: Holocaust History on Trial

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt Lecture

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Free to attend



Wallace All Faiths Chapel


General Public

Everyone is welcome to attend

Hosted By


Rodgers Center For Holocaust Education


Art Exhibition

Years before the invention of the phrase “alternative facts,” historian Deborah Lipstadt found herself in a London court room compelled not only to defend herself against an allegation of libel but to defend the very truth of history itself. The verdict delivered by the judge ten weeks later was a resounding victory for Lipstadt and a huge defeat for the plaintiff, Holocaust denier David Irving. The Times (London) reported “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”

Professor Lipstadt is the author of numerous books, including most recently The Eichmann Trial (Schocken/Nextbook, 2011) and Holocaust: An American Understanding(Rutgers, 2016). Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Dr. Lipstadt served two terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council. From 1996 through 1999, she was a member of the United States State Department Advisory Committee for Religious Freedom Abroad. Dr. Lipstadt is currently at work on a new book, The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Concerned Student, scheduled for publication in 2018.

Book signing of History on Trial and Holocaust: An American Understanding will follow the lecture.

CSUF Hansen Lecture

Spring 2017 Hansen Lecture:
Featuring Keir Pearson

When: Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30PM

Where: Titan Student Union, Theatre, CSUF

Free and Open to the Public

Students can participate in a meet and greet with

Mr. Keir Pearson from 4pm – 5pm in PLS 360! 

Pearson, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Hotel Rwanda,” will speak on “History and Hollywood: The Power of Storytelling Through Film” April 5 as part of the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History’s annual Hansen Lecture.

Pearson, also the executive producer and screenwriter of “Chavez,” has worked extensively on historical biopics usually with sociopolitical undercurrents. He’s worked for Warner Bros., Paramount, HBO, Fox TV and History Channel.

The Hansen Lectureship was created by the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History in honor of Arthur A. Hansen, CSUF professor emeritus of history and retired center director. The lectureship also funds an annual fellowship for a CSUF student pursuing a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on oral and public history.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Students can participate in a meet and greet with Pearson from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 360 of Pollak Library.

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