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by Daniel Widener

Download Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles ePub
  • ISBN 0822346672
  • ISBN13 978-0822346678
  • Language English
  • Author Daniel Widener
  • Publisher Duke University Press Books (March 8, 2010)
  • Pages 384
  • Formats mobi mbr docx lrf
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1742 kb
  • Size Fb2 1889 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 128

From postwar efforts to end discrimination in the motion-picture industry, recording studios, and musicians’ unions, through the development of community-based arts organizations, to the creation of searing films critiquing conditions in the black working class neighborhoods of a city touting its multiculturalism—Black Arts West documents the social and political significance of African American arts activity in Los Angeles between the Second World War and the riots of 1992. Focusing on the lives and work of black writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers, Daniel Widener tells how black cultural politics changed over time, and how altered political realities generated new forms of artistic and cultural expression. His narrative is filled with figures invested in the politics of black art and culture in postwar Los Angeles, including not only African American artists but also black nationalists, affluent liberal whites, elected officials, and federal bureaucrats.

Along with the politicization of black culture, Widener explores the rise of a distinctive regional Black Arts Movement. Originating in the efforts of wartime cultural activists, the movement was rooted in the black working class and characterized by struggles for artistic autonomy and improved living and working conditions for local black artists. As new ideas concerning art, racial identity, and the institutional position of African American artists emerged, dozens of new collectives appeared, from the Watts Writers Workshop, to the Inner City Cultural Center, to the New Art Jazz Ensemble. Spread across generations of artists, the Black Arts Movement in Southern California was more than the artistic affiliate of the local civil-rights or black-power efforts: it was a social movement itself. Illuminating the fundamental connections between expressive culture and political struggle, Black Arts West is a major contribution to the histories of Los Angeles, black radicalism, and avant-garde art.


Black Arts West presents fresh, bold perspectives on race, class, power, and identity in Los Angeles.

Black Arts West presents fresh, bold perspectives on race, class, power, and identity in Los Angeles. For that and more, we are in his debt. Daniel Widener’s study provides a much needed, basic analysis of the complex and turbulent black arts and culture scene in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s, and the dynamic mix of politics that fueled it. -Amiri Baraka. Black Arts West presents fresh, bold perspectives on race, class, power, and identity in Los Angeles.

Black Arts West book. His narrative is filled with figures invested in the politics of black art and culture in postwar Los Angeles, including not only African American artists but also black nationalists, affluent liberal whites, elected officials, and federal bureaucrats. Along with the politicization of black culture, Widener explores the rise of a distinctive regional Black Arts Movement.

From postwar efforts to end discrimination in the motion-picture industry, recording studios, and musicians' unions, through the development of community-based arts organizations, to the creation of searing films critiquing conditions in the black working class neighborhoods of a city touting its multiculturalism- Black Arts West documents the social and political significance of African American arts activity in Los Angeles.

Widener, Daniel (2010). Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-9262-0. "William Pajaud Now Dig This! digital archive Hammer Museum". Retrieved 2018-10-25. Jones, Kellie (2017-03-17). South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s.

He is currently completing a book entitled Third Worlds Within: black radicalism and interethnic relations in 20thCentury America. He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. Visiting Fellowships at CRASSH.

Daniel Widener, Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. Amy Abugo Ongiri, "Daniel Widener, Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles," The Journal of African American History 96, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 427-430. Of all published articles, the following were the most read within the past 12 months. Introduction: Hip Hop in History: Past, Present, and Future. Alridge et al. Brazilian and United States Slavery Compared.

Widener, D. (2010) Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles (Durham: Duke University Press). Wilson, S. (2012, August 31–September 6) ‘Los Angeles’ War on Street Artists’, LA Weekly, pp. 16–23.

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