Art and post-war L.A. come together in exhibition

Angela Braza

An exhibition detailing the artistic growth and development of events shaping African-American identity in Los Angeles will be held at the CSUN Art Galleries from Oct. 23 to Dec. 10.

The “Identity and Affirmation: Post War African-American Photography” exhibition will feature about 125 images produced by 12 black photographers during the post-war years of 1945-1980, said Jim Sweeters, director at the CSUN Art Galleries.

Pulled from about 850,000 images from the archives of the Institute for Arts & Media, this collection embraces and depicts the vibrant development of the arts, music, politics and social life in the African-American community and greater Los Angeles area.

Visitors of the exhibition can expect a wide range of information detailing the lives and culture of black communities during the post-war eras, Sweeters said.

“From churches to jazz musicians to visiting politicians, these images are documentations of the community,” he said.

An opening reception will take place on Oct. 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by an evening concert performance by The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, a collaboration with Blue Note Records, featuring the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

The exhibition is part of  Pacific Standard Time, a unique collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California that have come together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty and sponsored by Bank of America.