Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Brockman Gallery

Brockman Gallery was opened by brothers Dale and Alonzo Davis in 1967 in an effort to provide an exhibition space that would foster the work of artists of color. Both emerging and established artists exhibited there, including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David Hammons, John Outterbridge, and Noah Purifoy. In its adjacent buildings, Brockman Gallery housed artists and gave them studio spaces in which to work. Until 1989, the gallery mounted exhibitions, concerts, and events that were free and open to the community.

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Works of Art

  • Untitled

    Untitled, 1966, Noah Purifoy. Mixed media, including debris from the Watts rebellion. 29 3/4 x 16 3/16 in. Private collection. Permission granted by the Noah Purifoy Foundation