Brenna Youngblood's work explores issues of African American identity and representation and often references historically significant moments and organizations in African American history, such as her 2017 sculpture M.I.A. that "refers to the Montgomery Improvement Association, a group co-organized by Martin Luther King, Jr., to guide the Montgomery bus boycott protest in 1955.” She received the 2015 Seattle Art Museum Gwendolyn Knight/Jacob Lawrence Prize, the 2014 The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood, FL, and the 2012 Los Angeles County Museum of Art Young Talent Award/AHAN Award.
Youngblood was born in 1979 in Riverside, California, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in 2002 from California State University, Long Beach, and received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006. Represented by Honor Fraser, Youngblood participated in group exhibitions at Hayworth Gallery and Compact/Space in Los Angeles in 2004.
This exhibition is guest curated by Lisa Henry.