Black Panthers: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones

Historicals photographs from the 1960s at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, now through July 23, 2004.

Thursday, July 01, 2004
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street
N. of Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

Historic photographs of the Black Panthers exhibited for the first time in Los Angeles.  Exhibit organized by Tim Wride, Photo Curator at LACMA.  --   LEGENDARY BLACK PANTHERS PHOTO ESSAY MAKES LOS ANGELES PREMIERE AFTER 35 YEARS
18th Street Arts Center presents "Black Panthers," historical photographs of the movement by Ruth Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones, May 15-July 23. This exhibition was a 2003 Top 10 Art Pick in The New York Times.

"We are proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of these beautiful and historically-significant photos," states 18th Street Co-Executive Director, Clayton Campbell. "It is a prime example of our commitment to high-quality presentation of artistically vital and community-based artwork."

Ruth-Marion Baruch received her MFA in photography from Ohio University. She and Pirkle Jones attended the first photography class held at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, studying with Ansel Adams, Minor White, Homer Page, Edward Weston and Dorothea Lange. Baruch had the inspiration for and facilitated their photo-essay on the Black Panthers. They were married from 1949 until Baruch's death in 1997. Their work has been exhibited at galleries and museums around the country including The Art Institute of Chicago, The De Young Museum in San Francisco, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Amon Carter Museum in Texas, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the International Museum of Photography and the Smithsonian Institution.

Tim Wride joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Assistant Curator of photography in 1994. He has curated 26 permanent collection exhibitions including: Assembled Works (1995); co-curated with Robert Sobieszek P.L.A.N.: Photography Los Angeles Now (1995); Retail Fictions: The Commercial Photography of Ralph Bartholomew, Jr. (1998), and High Lights, Shadings, and Shadows (1998). Mr. Wride contributed the photography component and essay to Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000 (2000). He curated Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution (2001), shown also in New York and Chicago; Pirkle Jones: Sixty years of Photography (2001), a traveling exhibition premiered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; To Protect and To Serve: Photography from the LAPD Archives (2002); and the retrospective of the photographic work of Donald Blumberg (2002).

"Black Panthers" is supported with a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Free parking at the Arts Center.

Cost : Free; no reservations required

18th Street Arts Center310-453-3711