Michael Massenburg: Spiritual Nature
855 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029
Nov 17, 4 PM - 7 PM — ends Jan 20, 2023
Michael Massenburg was born in San Diego, raised in South Central Los Angeles, and lives in Inglewood. Michael pursued his studies at California State University, Long Beach, and the Otis School of Art and Design. He began his career at the Watts Towers Arts Center, influenced by the Watts Rebellion, the Black Art Movement of the 1960s, and the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. “Spiritual Nature” is about the African diaspora experience in the Americas. The journey is about survival; from salvation to empowerment. How rituals, cultural and spiritual practices transferred and evolved into our current times. Interest in historical, cultural, and personal narratives has always evoked questions about place in the world. Inspired by travels to Senegal, Haiti, Cuba, and Colombia have helped connect with these communities, in essence, connect the dots. Continued exploration of the African diaspora relates to the Americas from the middle passage when the first enslaved African arrived in 1619 to how it manifests today in the cultural and spiritual realm.