WILLIAMSTOWN -- On view from July 20 to Dec. 1, 2013, "Now Dig This!" chronicles the vital legacy of the African American arts community in Los Angeles, examining a pioneering group of black artists whose work and connections with other artists helped shape the creative output of Southern California.
The exhibition of 130 works by 33 artists active during this historical period explores the rising strength of the black community in Los Angeles as well as the increasing political, social and economic power of African Americans across the nation. The exhibition offers a broader view of the changing art landscape during an important era of artistic and cultural foment, as artists shifted from more traditional formats such as painting to modes such as assemblage, conceptualism and performance. On opening day, Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m., get a first glimpse of "Now Dig This!" with Kellie Jones, exhibition curator and associate professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.
The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street. For more information: 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu.