Dale Brockman Davis is an artist, art educator, and co-founder of Brockman Gallery (1967-1990) in Los Angeles. Davis was born in 1945 and grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama, and Los Angeles, California. He attended Los Angeles City College (LACC) and graduated with a BFA from University of Southern California (USC) in 1969. Davis taught art at Dorsey High School for more than three decades, while also helping to manage Brockman Gallery. His own artwork draws from assemblage, ceramics, and sculpture. In this interview, Davis discusses moving across the country at a young age, and his early interest in art; a 1966 cross-country road trip with brother, Alonzo, when they met Black artists and attended the March Against Fear in Jackson, Mississippi; attending LACC and USC, including art curriculum and interest in multiple disciplines; impact of the Vietnam War, including status as a conscientious objector and creation of Vietnam War Games; founding Brockman Gallery with Alonzo in 1967, exhibiting artists like David Hammons, Doyle Lane, and Ruth Waddy; connecting to networks of artists and gallerists locally and internationally; teaching at Dorsey High School, including teaching philosophy and creative use of materials; briefly attending an MFA program at UCLA; his own artwork, including creative process and collecting materials for assemblage pieces; exhibitions of his work, including Eleven from California at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Watts Towers Invitational; establishing the Brockman Gallery Archive; reflections on his life and work, as well as the impact of Brockman Gallery.




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