Roski Talks: Crenshaw Dairy Mart Artists


Virtual Roski Talk
Artists from Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Nov 4, 10am


Reservations here.
Free and open to the public
Reservations must be made by Nov 3, 5pm


USC Roski welcomes back Roski 2019 alumni Patrisse Cullors, Alexandre Dorriz and noé olivas. These artists founded the Crenshaw Dairy Mart in Inglewood, California. The art space is home to an artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice. Bridging cultural work and advocacy and investigating ancestries through the lens of Inglewood and its community.


noé olivas (b. San Diego, California) is a Southern California-based artist working in print making, sculpture, and performance, His work for the past seven years has been a meditation on what he calls the poetics of labor, growing up in a first-generation Mexican American home. He seeks to confront the invisibility of laborging it with people fom the community through collaboration, discussion, intervention, or celebration. He often uses his family's personal archive and other found domestic or utilitarian objects and amterials to construct sculptures, drawings, paintings, and prints; creating a connecting point of familiarity through labor. These gestures are additionally explored in his performance practice where he takes into consideration how labor is performed every day, utilizing it as a moment to engagge audiences in exchanges of vulnerability. And inaugural professor for the Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA at Prescott College, olivas received his MFA at University of Southern California in 2019 and BA in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego in 2013.


Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. She is also a performance artist, Fullbright Scholar, popular public speaker, and a Sydney Peace Prize recipient. Culors is currently the faculty director of Arizona's Prescott College New Social and Environment Arts Practice MFA Program, with a curriculum focused on the intersection of art, social Justice and community organizing that is first of its kind in the nation. Cullors has exhibited widely across Los Angeles and the United States, from traditional arts institutions to public spaces including Art Basel Miami, Hauser & Wirth, and more. Outside of performance art activism, Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author of "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir."


Alexandre Dorriz is a research-based artist informed by interdisciplinary photographic approaches towards textile archiving and fieldwork practices, investigating auto-orientalism, memory, optics, fiber, and museums. Dorriz has previously exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Visitor Welcome Center, Human REsources, LTD Los Angeles, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Dorriz's writing has appeared in Temporary Art Review and his work has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly and reviewed in Artforum. He is an artist-gallerist-organizer and co-founds of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart and Inaugural instructor for the Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA at Prescott College, where he will be teaching courses on studio practice and critical museology. Dorriz received his MFA at the University of Southern California and his BA at the University of California, Berkeley.


More about the Crenshaw Dairy Mart here