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Jan van Raay, “Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum” (1971) (image courtesy Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay)

The feminist art movement that emerged in the 1960s grew out of the lack of possibilities for women artists who had been excluded from the male-dominated, institutional art world. Despite their progressive goals, this movement lacked voices of color, featuring predominantly white female artists. Opening this Wednesday at the California African American Museum, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 focuses on pioneering black female artists, whose work brought to the fore their own experiences and narratives, long neglected by both the mainstream and avant-garde. Featuring a diverse selection of media from conceptual, performance, and video art, to photography, painting, and sculpture, it includes work by Emma Amos, Elizabeth Catlett, Julie Dash, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

This Wednesday, the museum will be hosting a curatorial walkthrough with Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who together organized the exhibition’s previous iteration at the Brooklyn Museum. Following the event, visitors are invited to stay for the opening celebration of three exhibitions including Lezley Saar: Salon des Refusés and Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora, part of the Getty’s expansive initiative on Latin American and Latino art, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA .

When: Wednesday, October 25, 6–7pm
Where: California African American Museum (600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.