Co-curated by artists Bernard Hoyes and Charles Bibbs, with the assistance of Lisa Henry, this exhibit covers Southern California Black artists’ ascent to the mainstream.
Beginning with the Black art scene in LA in the 80s and 90s, Visual Voice will be comprised of two segments: Influential Masters and Independent Trendsetters. This exhibit will shed light on the continuity from Masters to Trendsetters as they set a national trend towards self-validation and reshaped how artists worked, exhibited, traded, and collaborated. Not waiting for the world to catch up, these artists began manufacturing, publishing, and distributing masterful works of art using modern media and business practices.
This full-scale museum presentation will bring together 19 artists who played an integral role in what will be recognized as the first full African American Art Movement coming out of Southern California during the last three decades of the 20th century.
Exhibition overview from Museum website