LA Fridays with Bob and Tom: Jeffrey Deitch Gallery: Shattered Glass
LA Fridays with Bob and Tom
Week 132. Jeffrey Deitch Gallery: Shattered Glass
Today we visit the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, 925 N. Orange Drive, LA, to view the exhibition “Shattered Glass.” Unique because every face in every pairing belongs to a person of color and each piece of art was created by a person of color. The exhibition was originally organized by two young people of color curating their first show: Melahn Frierson, director of the LA Gallery, and A.J. Girard, an arts educator, who wanted to process all that was happening in the country around racial justice and the pandemic.
I particularly enjoyed the works by the self-taught artist Fulton Leroy Washington (a.k.a. Mr. Walsh}; “Emancipation Proclamation,” 2014; “Shattered Dreams,” 2020; and “Targeted-Insurrection,” 2021. The artist learned to paint while he was in prison serving twenty-one years of a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. President Obama granted him clemency and commuted his sentence in 2016.
Since society has so long failed to question shows featuring only white artists, the exhibition of forty black artists seems to ask, “Why not similarly get used to shows with only artists of color?” And certainly, more frequently.
Typical of Jeffery Deitch Gallery, it was a delightful exhibit.
ROBERT BLAUNSTEIN, PhD BIO
Robert (Bob) is a PhD physicist whose career has spanned academia, government and private industry. As a faculty member of the Department of Physics at the University of Tennessee, a Branch Chief at the United States Department of Energy and Vice President of an American International Group Company, his scientific endeavors include radiation physics, environmental research, environmental insurance and nanotechnology.
Originally from the East Coast, Bob was seduced by his sons and their families (and the California weather) to leave Washington, DC after retiring in 2010. While recovering from culture shock, Bob found many outlets to reconcile his eclectic interests. As a member of Senior Scholars for over six years he continues to take courses in a myriad of subjects ranging from film to art history to brain science and finds great intellectual and social rewards in Senior Scholars and the Plato Society.
As a latent artist, he sketches scenes about town once a week with an artist friend from his college days and is attempting to learn to play the electric guitar.
On moving to Los Angeles, he found Tom Jacobson, another recent transplant. They became great friends and decided to explore their new town together leading to over 113 sites in our city. Dubbed “LA Fridays with Bob and Tom” they are happy to share their experiences with others.
Bob lives in Brentwood with Phyllis, his wife of 56 years, an education policy executive. They have two sons and four grandchildren, one of whom plays a guitar a lot better than Bob.
THOMAS JACOBSON BIO
Thomas (Tom) is an attorney who practiced trial and constitutional law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Born in 1938 in Bamberg Germany, he was one of the youngest passengers on the ill-fated voyage of the Damned, the SS St. Louis, turned away from Cuba in 1939.
Tom represented local civil rights activists and Dick Gregory and twice argued cases successfully in the United States Supreme Court. In 1970 he was the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General.
Retiring in 2008, he and wife, Peggy, moved to California to join their two sons and four grandchildren, and enjoy the warm weather.
Tom has kept busy as a member of Senior Scholars and Plato for the last six years keeping his brain stimulated and active. Yoga and swimming have kept his body in shape.