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Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center

Admission is free. Reservations are required.

9 Mojo Secrets / Saar
Join artist Betye Saar, artist and Gallery 32 founder Suzanne Jackson, and Laband Art Gallery director Carolyn Peter as they discuss the historic and ongoing impact of Gallery 32.

From 1968 to 1970, Gallery 32 was one of the few art spaces in Los Angeles to exhibit emerging African American artists such as Gloria Bohanon, Emory Douglas, David Hammons, Betye Saar, and Timothy Washington. Founded by artist Suzanne Jackson, Gallery 32 was inspired by Charles White's philosophy that art could be an effective vehicle for community activism and social change. The gallery hosted discussions, poetry readings, and fundraisers for social causes, and it exhibited work that demonstrated strong political and civic engagement, such as Emory Douglas's Black Panther Party protest art and David Hammons's body prints. Gallery 32 played an important role in the progressive struggles of the period while contributing to Los Angeles's diverse art scene.

Stabilized Warrior / Washington
This conversation is organized in collaboration with Loyola Marymount University's Laband Art Gallery, where the exhibition Gallery 32 and Its Circle opens on January 25, 2009. Although the existence of Gallery 32 has not been widely recognized in histories of art, the exhibition at Loyola Marymount University, along with the artists' conversation at the Getty, will reintroduce the gallery and its important role in the Los Angeles and African American arts communities. For more information on the exhibit, please visit

Edwards/Courtyard of the Granada Building