David Hammons

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1940s

1943

David Hammons is born in Springfield, Illinois.

decade

1960s

1964

David Hammons transfers to Los Angeles Trade and Technical College to study advertising.

1966

David Hammons attends Chouinard Art Institute and graduates in 1968.

1968–72 1968

David Hammons takes night classes at Otis Art Institute. Hammons’s drawing teacher, Charles White, makes a profound impact on him as the first successful black man whom Hammons has encountered.

1968–70 1968

David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, and John Outterbridge, along with other artists, gather at Suzanne Jackson’s Gallery 32 to eat and talk.

late 1960s 1968

Suzanne Jackson takes a drawing class with Charles White at Otis, where she also meets David Hammons.

late 1960s 1969

David Hammons exhibits his body prints at Gallery 32.

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1970s

1971

David Hammons has his first solo exhibition at Brockman Gallery, one of LA's only spaces dedicated to showing artists of color.

1971

David Hammons, Timothy Washington, and Charles White participate in the exhibition Three Graphic Artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

1973

David Hammons stays with Senga Nengudi in her New York apartment while attending the National Conference of Artists.

1970s 1973

David Hammons shares his studio, a former dancehall on Slauson Avenue, with Senga Nengudi.

1970s–80s 1975

David Hammons and Senga Nengudi are part of a loose group of artists called Studio Z that would improvise actions at Hammons’s Slauson Avenue studio or outside in public space.

1977

David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, and other members of Studio Z participate in Studio Z: Individual Collective, an exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

1978

Senga Nengudi organizes the performance Ceremony for Freeway Fets underneath a freeway overpass on Pico Boulevard near the Los Angeles Convention Center. The performance is supported by a Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) grant and sponsored by Brockman Gallery Productions and the California Department of Transportation. As a part of Studio Z, David Hammons participates.

decade

1980s

1989

David Hammons, Untitled, 1989–90. Rubber inner tube, frying pan, and gold paint; 66 × 39 ½ × 13 in. Collection of Liz and Eric Lefkofsky. Photo: Tom Powell Imaging.

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1990s

1990

David Hammons, Mike Kelley, and William Wegman are included in the group exhibition Just Pathetic at Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

decade

2010s

2019

David Hammons, Judithe Hernández, and Suzanne Jackson are included in the group exhibition Life Model: Charles White and His Students at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. Chromogenic development print; series of 11, each: 12 × 18 in. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist’s proof. © Senga Nengudi. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. Photo: Roderick “Quaku” Young.

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