Suzanne Jackson

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1940s

1944

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1950s

1953

Suzanne Jackson’s family moves to Fairbanks, Alaska, and she spends most of her childhood in the Yukon Territory.

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1960s

1961

1960s 1961

Suzanne Jackson studies at the Pacific Ballet. One of her teachers is Rod Strong, who worked alongside Anna Halprin.

1966

Suzanne Jackson graduates from San Francisco State University having majored in painting and minored in theater.

1966–67 1966

Suzanne Jackson tours Mexico and South America with the modern dance troupe Sacramento Music Circus.

late 1960s 1967

Suzanne Jackson serves as a model for Charles White’s classes at Otis Art Institute.

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.

1968

Suzanne Jackson founds Gallery 32 (1968–70) out of her studio at 672 North Lafayette Park Place, near MacArthur Park, around the corner from Otis and Chouinard Art Institute.

late 1960s 1969

David Hammons exhibits his body prints at Gallery 32.

1969

Emory Douglas has a solo exhibition at Suzanne Jackson’s Gallery 32 in Los Angeles. The exhibition serves as a fundraiser for Black Panther Party programs, including free breakfast for children, free health clinics, and freeing political prisoners.

1969

Suzanne Jackson organizes a solo exhibition of Black Panther Party member Emory Douglas at Gallery 32. The LAPD and FBI visit the gallery throughout the exhibition to monitor it.

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1970s

1970

Announcement for the exhibition Sapphire Show: You’ve come a long way, baby, July 4–9, 1970. 16 × 11 in. (41 × 28 cm). Ankrum Gallery records, circa 1900–circa 1990s, bulk 1960–1990. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

1970

John Outterbridge is included in a group exhibition at Gallery 32.

1970

Gallery 32 hosts Sapphire Show: You’ve come a long way, baby, an exhibition of work by six black women artists including Suzanne Jackson and Senga Nengudi. It is the first survey of black women artists in Los Angeles.

1970

As a fundraiser, Gallery 32 exhibits work by children taking classes at the Watts Towers Arts Center.

early 1970s 1971

Senga Nengudi teaches classes at the Watts Towers Arts Center.

1973

Suzanne Jackson exhibits at Womanspace.

1973

Suzanne Jackson participates in the Womanspace exhibition Black Mirror, curated by Betye Saar and Samella Lewis.

1974

Suzanne Jackson, Sundown, 1974. Acrylic wash on canvas; 9 ¼ × 12 ¼ in. (23.5 × 31.1 cm). Collection of Marguerite Ray, Los Angeles. Photo: Ed Glendinning.

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1990s

1990

Suzanne Jackson earns her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

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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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