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Rose Salseda - Unrest in Black and White: Visualizing the 1992 Los Angeles Riots in the Artwork of Adrian Piper

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feb 02

Thu, Feb 2 2023, 5:30PM - 7PM

195 De Haro, San Francisco, CA, 94107 View map

Part of event series: VISUAL & CRITICAL STUDIES FORUM | 2022/2023 SERIES

Rose Salseda

Organized by

CCA Graduate Visual & Critical Studies

Event description

On April 29th, 1992, the acquittal of four white police officers who beat Rodney King, a Black civilian, incited five days of protests, looting, arson, and assaults. While scholars have examined the videotaped beating and documentation of the unrest, few have explored the potential of art as an important record. In this lecture, Dr. Rose Salseda will recover the missing historical narrative through the analysis of Adrian Piper’s Black Box/White Box (1992), a multimedia installation that combines minimalism’s sleek aesthetic with jarring visual and auditory devices. Also incorporating Piper’s writing and references to music and literature, Dr. Salseda reveals Piper’s strategies to engage viewers in examining how white supremacy and xenophobia characterize both the King beating and the nation’s treatment of African Americans throughout history. 

Dr. Rose Salseda is an assistant professor of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Specializing in the fields of African American and U.S. Latinx art, and with a research background in the art of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Salseda’s research explores the politics of race, identity, and representation as well as the intergenerational, cross-racial, and immigrant experiences of anti-Black racism and xenophobia.

Adrian Piper, Black Box/White Box, 1992

Entry details

Free and open to the public. COVID protocols in place. Masks are strongly recommended indoors for all.