FILM

 Stills from Barbara McCullough, Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space, 1981 Video, 60 minutes

Harry Burke on Barbara McCullough’s Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space, 1981

“Barbara McCullough’s Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space (1981) is a study of ritual and its influential role within the improvisational and assemblage practices developed by black artists in Los Angeles in the late 70s and early 80s. The film features artists like Betye Saar and David Hammons, reflecting on their own artistic rituals; in Saar’s words, it’s not just a rite, but what feels “right”.”

 

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