The Last Cruze

09/08/21 – 03/20/22

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  • Wednesday, September 08, 2021
    – Sunday, March 20, 2022
    California African American Museum

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Photo: LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Last Cruze, 2019. Photograph by Useful Art Services.

In The Last Cruze, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier chronicles the lives of workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which stopped production in 2019 after more than 50 years of operation. This shutdown presented Lordstown facility workers with limited choices: relocate, sometimes leaving behind family and support networks, or find work elsewhere—a familiar conundrum facing workers globally. Through 67 photographs, video, and an architectural installation that echoes the Lordstown assembly line, The Last Cruze extends Frazier’s long-standing commitment to visualizing how working-class people—in places such Flint, Michigan; her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania; and the Borinage mining region in Belgium—are impacted by industrial exploits, environmental injustice, and systemic racism. 

A corresponding conversation series, The Last Cruze: Conversations on the Ground in LA, will feature discussions between Frazier, select artists, architects, scholars, and activists that consider themes and topics explored in Frazier’s larger body of work and social activism within a local context.

Admission is free.

This exhibition and related programs are presented in partnership with the California African American Museum, USC School of Architecture, and USC Roski School of Art and Design.