Online Artist Talk
Lewis Watts, Mining the Archive
Wednesday, June 10, noon PST
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Renowned artist, educator, and archivist, Lewis Watts will be talking about his series “Mining the Archive” which examines African American books and artifacts from various collections and libraries. He will also be looking through his own archive of work from the past 45 years, many of the images having been “mined” during the pandemic.
Lewis Watts is a photographer, archivist/curator and Professor Emeritus of Art at UC Santa Cruz. His research and artwork broadly centers around the “cultural landscape” primarily in communities in the African diaspora. He is the author of Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, Chronicle Books 2006, Heyday Books 2020, New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition, UC Press 2013, and Portraits, Edition One Books, 2019. His work is included in many collections worldwide and has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Autograph London, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Citè de La Musique, Paris, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, The Oakland Museum of California, The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase NY, The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, Hartford, Conn, Light Work, Syracuse NY, The Paul Sack Collection, San Francisco, amongst others.
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