An Evening with Ulysses Jenkins

Ulysses Jenkins is a widely recognized video/performance artist and muralist, whose work has been shown nationally and internationally. Since his early work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, Jenkins has been creating powerful work that critiques mass media representation (particularly of African American men) while exploring historical and spiritual resistances to state power and structural racism. Jenkins will share a selection of his video works made over the course of his career. Jacqueline Stewart (Chair of BCH Advisory Committee and Professor, Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago) will facilitate discussion. This screening includes both Self-Divination and Mutual Native Duplex & The Nomadics.
Jenkins is Professor of Art at the Claire Trevor School of Art at the University of California at Irvine. As part of the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions (2011) he performed a preview of his Black Gold Fever at LACE gallery for Los Angeles Goes Live: Exploring a Social History of Performance Art in Southern California, 1970-1983 (2010). His multi-media installation, Notions of Freedom, which employs motion capture technology and video, as well as a soundtrack “Chief Concern,” by Kei Akagi, was shown in the exhibit Sound Migrationz in the New Belgrade at the Block Gallery, Serbia (2009). Jenkins’s Mass of Images (c.1978) was included in the Long Beach Museum’s Video Collection program, as part of the California Video exhibition curated by the Getty Research Institute (2008). He participated in the Committee on Los Angeles Culture’s panel on the history of the African American Avant-Garde art movement in Los Angeles at the Getty Research Institute (2009), where he also screened his Dream City (1980). In 2006 he contributed to SIDE by SIDE Part II, a collaboration with Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, David Hammons, and Franklin Parker for the exhibition Les Soriee Nomades, cycle Nuits Noires, at Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.