In Betye Saar’s sixth solo showat Roberts Projects in Culver City, Something Blue, audiences will see an exhibition of selected artworks dating from 1983 to 2018. The show coincides with the Getty Research Institute’s announcement of the creation of an African American Art History initiative and the acquisition of The Betye Saar Papers covering her personal and professional history.
All the works in the aptly titled exhibition will feature the color blue as a means of exploring magic and the occult. In her most recent pieces, Saar incorporates motifs of voodoo religious items including totems, talismans, and charms. Their inclusion speaks to the materiality and temporality of Saar’s work and reflect the artist’s seminal role in reflecting on African American identity, spirituality, and cross-cultural connections.
The opening reception for Something Blue was held on October 27 from 6 to 8 pm.