It’s easy for New Yorkers to forget that art exists anywhere else in America but here. A good reminder to look outside our bubble is the current show at MOMA P.S.1 Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980. Originally a part of the “Pacific Standard Time” exhibition at L.A.’s Getty Museum early last year, Now Dig This! gathers about 140 pieces by 32 pioneering African-American artists who lived and worked during enormous political and social changes in their city, including the Watts Rebellion of 1965. From David Hammons’s piece made of shopping bags, grease, and hair (Bag Lady in Flight) to Betye Saar’s 1969 assemblage Black Girl’s Window to Melvin Edwards’s abstract metal sculptures titled Lynch Fragments, you’ll leave with more than a few new favorite artists to Google.
Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Jan. 6. Continues through March 11, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 2, 2013