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Lookin' Back in Front of Me: Selected Works of Mark Steven Greenfield, 1974-2014

Widely known in the California art community for his tenures as Director of the Watts Towers Arts Center and of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Mark Steven Greenfield has tirelessly supported the work of local visual artists for several decades. Over the same period he also established a reputation for his own artistic practice, both as a graphic designer and a fine artist.

Lookin' Back in Front of Me displays a body of work that Greenfield himself has described as unapologetically didactic as it is based on his research on literature, cinema, history, and the visual arts. The artist's interests range from early investigations of the Science of Creative Intelligence (his Cosmos series)--a meditative practice that stirred large abstract interpretations of the astrophysical--to figurative work inspired by Sun Ra and Parliament Funkadelic (his Afrofuturistic works). Greenfield has also delved into the artistic renaissance of LA's Crenshaw community (his Crenshaw's Consciousness series), gang culture, genealogy (his Iconography and Sunday's Best pieces), and more recently, African American stereotypes (his Blackatcha, Doo Dahz, and Animalicious) and the re-contextualization of American appropriations of African spiritual practices (Egunguns).

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Exhibition Programs

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2pm
WALK-THROUGH AND RECEPTION with artist Mark Steven Greenfield and curator Mar Hollingsworth

Light refreshments to follow. RSVP preferred 213.744.2024.

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2 pm

Creativity, Art and Expanded Awareness with Sibongile West, TMC. RSVP (213) 744-2024.

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2 pm

Edna Briggs, of the California African American Genealogical Society, will conduct a hands-on workshop for families. RSVP (213) 744-2024.

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 2 pm

Screening of segments of The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy, followed by a conversation with visual artist Mark Steven Greenfield.

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2 pm

Cartooning with David Brown. RSVP (213) 744-2024.