Roski Talk: Lonnie Holley Performance with Nelson Patton

Feb 28
Performance: 7:30pm

USC Wong Conference Ctr, Harris Hall
Free and open to the public

If your name is not on the list by Feb 25, you may opt for the standby line beginning at 7pm. Seating is not guaranteed.


Join us for this event with acclaimed artist and musician Lonnie Holley, whose work is currently on view in the LACMA exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art.

The performance is co-sponsored by the USC Art History, Visual Studies Research Institute (VSRI) and LACMA.

Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley’s sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. His work is now in collections of major museums throughout the country, on permanent display in the United Nations, and been displayed in the White House Rose Garden. In January of 2014, Holley completed a one-month artist-in-residence with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida, site of the acclaimed artist’s studio. For this event, Lonnie Holley will perform with Nelson Patton.