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A.C. Bilbrew Library Golden State Mutual Exhibition

Public Library
A.C. Bilbrew Library
150 East El Segundo Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA


Latitude: 33.9161 - Longitude: -118.2723

Project Description

In 2015 the County acquired 125 artworks from the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company art collection. These artworks are what remain of one of the largest corporate collections of African American art in the United States. The purpose of acquiring the collection was to keep the artworks in Los Angeles County and to make them publicly accessible through exhibitions and loans. An exhibition was developed for AC Bilbrew Library during a major renovation of the building in 2016-17. Artworks were selected from the GSM collection to be exhibited at AC Bilbrew Library as a testament to the enduring strength and vision of the community. Curator Jill Moniz thoughtfully integrated the GSM artworks with existing artworks in the library. The exhibition as a whole honors coalitions and collaborations between artists and their communities.