Now Dig This!

Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960–1980
Kellie Jones, Hazel V. Carby, Karin Higa, Naima J. Keith,
Franklin Sirmans, Jacqueline Stewart, Robert Tejada, and Daniel Widener.
Hammer Museum, distributed by Delmonico Prestel 2011.
Hard cover with jacket
10.25 x 8.75 in (26 x 22.25 cm)
352 pages

The catalogue for Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, the Hammer Museum’s contribution to the Getty Foundation–sponsored Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions exploring the birth of the LA art scene, is the culmination of many years of careful planning by a team of collaborators. Curator Kellie Jones’s inclusive approach to the story of African Americans in the LA art scene from the ’60s through the ’80s incorporates the concept of a broad group of artists and friends who provided mutual support. Similarly, the design process for this publication was informed by an energetic supportive network. Kellie and Naima J. Keith conducted innovative research in personal collections and archives and the Hammer arranged for an extensive digitization process of the ephemeral materials they discovered. Kellie’s deep knowledge of interrelationships from the period allowed us to include the most telling pieces of ephemera in the catalogue. Art historian Karin Higa contributed a text about Robert A. Nakamura, a friend of her father’s, whose photographs of artists taken in 1970 are featured in the publication. Brooke Hodge from the Hammer provided critical oversight and good humor. Sue Medlicott arranged expert new photography of each artwork and Massimo Tonolli of Trifolio printed the book beautifully. We also had the unusual pleasure of meeting many of the artists who attended the opening and watching them see their artworks in the publication for the first time.

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