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Black, Brown and Beige Exhibition

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On View August 17 - September 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 2019 l 7-9 pm
Gallery Hours: M-F, 10:00 AM - 5 :00PM | FREE admission
at Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E. 1st St. LA, CA. 90033
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In 1943 Duke Ellington performed the symphony Black, Brown, and Beige at Carnegie Hall for the first time, describing it as “a parallel to the history of the American Negro”. The symphony’s title referred to the mistaken assertion that African-Americans can be categorized by a single color. However, the title contends that the experience was broad in spectrum.

Similarly, Latinos experience colorism and racist generalizations as African-Americans, evidenced by the various accounts of racial profiling by law enforcement and the media. Unfortunately the vast diversity in appearance within Latinos and African-Americans, as a result of various diasporas, falls behind the blanket of prejudice. As Ellington indicated, our variety in appearance perhaps will lead us to distinct experiences, but that does not negate that we still fall under the same umbrella.

In light of the shared experiences between our cultures and in an effort to highlight the complex stories that lie behind a label, the Black, Brown, and Beige exhibition brings forth artists whose work parallel the trajectory that Ellington’s symphony set out to cover; historical, transitional, and contemporary narratives, interweaving these intersections and interconnections guided by the beat of Ellington’s defying composition.

Black, Brown and Beige is curated by Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jimmy O’Balles of Subir Arts Collective.

Exhibiting artists are:
Eric Almanza
Edgar Arceneaux
Areli Arellano
Lili Bernard
April Bey
Roberto “Tito” Delgado
Adrienne DeVine
Richard Duardo
Margaret Garcia
Todd Gray
Mark Steven Greenfield
Lauren Holland
Dalila Paola Mendez
Poli Marichal
Oscar Magallanes
Sam Pace
Umar Rashid
Toni Scott
Holly Tempo
John Valadez
Adrienne Wade
Wendell Wiggins
Mario Ybarra Jr.


Know before you visit...

***SHG is a safe space for all! We are mobile and differently abled accessible.***

Private gallery exhibition tours for groups of 10 or more are welcome with advance notice and a minimum donation fee. To request a group tour, please call or email our office at

Driving: SHG is located near the 101 (Exit Mission) and 5 (Exit 4th St.) freeways.

Public Transit: We are located directly across the street from the Pico/ Aliso station off of the Metro Goldline. Local Bus Stops 30/ 330 are also located nearby.

Walking: Self Help Graphics is a 10 minute walk from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights and a 20 minute walk over the 1st Street Bridge from Little Tokyo.

Parking: Limited parking is available on our site, with spaces provided for differently abled. Enter on 1st St. through our gated lot, adjacent to our building or use street parking.


Exhibition cover artwork by Roberto "Tito" Delgado,
Study for Banya Marimba (Mothers of Songs), 2019

Earlier Event: August 5
Utopia/Dystopia Exhibition
Later Event: August 17
DIY Screen Printing with Dewey Tafoya