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African American Art Lecture Series | Rose G. Salseda
Beyond Black and White: Visualizing the 1992 Los Angeles
Riots in the Artwork of Adrian Piper and Juan Capistran
On April 29th, 1992, the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers who beat Rodney King, a black man, incited five days of protests, looting, arson, and assaults. While scholars have examined the videotaped beating of King and documentation of the unrest, few have focused on the potential of visual art to speak to the history. In this lecture, the art historian Rose G. Salseda will recover the important narrative. Through the critical visual analyses of Adrian Piper’s installation Black Box/White Box (1992) and Juan Capistran’s mixed media series From a Whisper to a Scream (2012), Salseda will address the black-white racial dichotomy that drives popular narratives of the riots, locates sites of conflict, and favors particular racialized experiences over others. She will also reveal how the artworks challenge these polarizing narratives and hold open space for overlooked cross-racial, immigrant, and intergenerational experiences of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Drawing from artist interviews and writing, institutional archives, and information culled from museum collections, arrest records, court proceedings, and commission reports, Salseda will demonstrate how visual art broadens our understandings of riots and the ongoing legacies of systemic racism and xenophobia in the United States.
Rose G. Salseda is a 2017-18 Ford Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, The Visual Art Legacy of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, focuses on two generations of artists who have made work in response to the unrest and related episodes of racial violence. Salseda is the associate director of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum, an advocacy organization dedicated to expanding and enhancing the visibility of Latinx art, and a core organizer for at land’s edge, a Los Angeles-based pedagogical platform for cultural producers who are committed to social transformation.
Image: Adrian Piper, Black Box/White Box, 1992. Two-part multi-media installation; two boxes: plywood, painted black and white, 96 1/16 x 96 1⁄16 x 96 1⁄16 in. (244 x 244 x 244 cm) each. Collection of the Generali Foundation, Vienna (©Adrian Piper and Generali Foundation; photo by Werner Kaligofsky, c. 2003).
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- Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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