Industrial Residue in the Rust Belt: LaToya Ruby Frazier and Taylor Renee Aldridge in Conversation

Thursday, September 16 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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California African American Museum

Admission is free.


To inaugurate The Last Cruze exhibition at the California African American Museum, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier will be joined by CAAM Visual Arts Curator Taylor Renee Aldridge to discuss Frazier’s ongoing work in documentary film and photography. In various interconnected bodies of work, Frazier uses collaborative storytelling with the people who appear in her artwork to celebrate working-class individuals and to address topics of industrialism, environmental justice, workers’ rights, human rights, and family. The Last Cruze extends this impulse by offering a monument to the workers of the former General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio, which was “unallocated” in 2019, leaving many of the factory workers unemployed. Frazier and Aldridge will discuss Black Americans’ contributions to the history of industrial advancement in this country, and how post-industrial decline continues to negatively impact working-class communities in Rust Belt cities, like Frazier’s hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Related Event:
LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze
September 8, 2021–March 20, 2022
California African American Museum
For more info, click HERE.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative in partnership with the California African American Museum, the USC School of Architecture, and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze was organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and curated by Karsten Lund and Solveig Øvstebø with support from Mirja and Ted Haffner, The Hartfield Foundation, the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul, and Mary Frances Budig and John Hass.

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