Los Angeles

“Dimensions of Black”

La Jolla Museum

“Dimensions of Black” is a curious. sprawling exhibition documenting the work of black artists both contemporary and historical. It was organized in a major group effort by Jehanne Teilhet, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, San Diego, and a large number of students, black and white, from the University. Teilhet and her students raised about $40,000.00 for the exhibition from private and foundation sources, selected the work, assisted in the installation, and wrote much of the catalog (which at this writing has yet to be published).

The general premise of the exhibition was to show as wide a range of works of art created by blacks as possible, diversity of historical period and point of view being desired and sought after. As a result the exhibition is as sprawling in premise as it is in its installation, and is difficult to analyze from a qualitative

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