Published by Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania/Hammer Museum. Edited with text by Erin Christovale and Meg Onli. Foreword by Anne Philbin and ZoŽ Ryan. Text by Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, Cauleen Smith, David Hammons, The Charles White Archives, Kellie Jones. Reprint of text by Aria Dean.
This is the first major retrospective on the groundbreaking Los AngelesĖbased video artist Ulysses Jenkins (born 1946). Since the 1970s, Jenkins has interrogated questions of race and gender as they relate to ritual, history and state power. From his work with Video Venice News, a Los Angeles media collective he founded in the early 1970s, to his involvement with the artistsí group Studio Z (alongside figures such as David Hammons, Senga Nengudi and Maren Hassinger), to his video and performance works, Jenkins explores how white supremacy is embedded in popular culture. Beginning as a painter and muralist, Jenkins was introduced to video just as the first consumer cameras were made available, and he quickly seized upon the technology as a means to broadcast critical depictions of multiculturalism. This catalog features an extensive portion of Jenkinsí archive, early documentary films, photographs and ephemera, as well as his video art.