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Black Belt Bows at Santa Monica Museum of Art

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On Saturday, December 11th, Santa Monica Museum of Art will exhibit "Black Belt," a group show of artwork, curated by the Studio Museum of Harlem, exploring the intersection between African American and Asian American cultures from the 1970s and 1980s.
The forty five works in different mediums by nineteen contemporary American artists interpret political and philosophical connections among people of color, pop culture, and urban life.

When the show opened in New York last year, folks criticized it for being rather shallow and literal--lots o gangsta geishas and what not...but we're hopeful that some of the panels organized around the show will yield insights with interesting depth; see the list below.

The opening reception is Friday, December 10, 7-9 PM. and includes a performance by the Beat Junkies. Curator Christine Y. Kim will lead a members' preview and walk through from 6-7 PM.

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Santa Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Supplemental Panels and Films:
The Chinese Connection

Tuesday, December 14, 6:30 pm
Santa Monica Museum of Art
A comparative, historical, and politically engaged panel discussion on the unique relationship between African American and Asian American cultures.

"The Last Dragon"
Monday, January 10, 7:30 pm
James Bridges Theater, UCLA
A screening of Berry Gordy's iconic 1985 film that illustrates the commanding influence of kung fu film on African American audiences.

Return of the Dragon
Thursday, January 20, 7:30
George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.625.0414

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An examination of the impact of political movements, demographic shifts, and the fantastic idolatry of Bruce Lee on the complex co-existence of Asians and African Americans in 1970s Los Angeles.