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Eric Wesley, Kicking Ass, 2000 (detail)

The Santa Monica Museum of Art was the only West Coast venue for Freestyle, a survey of work by twenty-eight emerging African-American artists, organized by the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and curated by its Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, Thelma Golden. The exhibition’s title sprung from popular culture and the world of hip-hop–”freestyle” refers to the mutable space where individuals improvise music, creatively mixing on the DJ turntable or dancing in their own groove. The exhibition demonstrated how these talented artists, most born after the Civil Rights movement, have assimilated and reformed the discourse of ”black art” to represent the current moment.