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January 2018
January 20 - May 13
Hammer Museum, UCLA,
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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Free

Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker: Hammer Contemporary Collection

This exhibit is a selection of video installations from the Hammer Contemporary Collection. It features major works by American artists Charles Atlas, Barbara Kruger, and Kara Walker created in the last decade. Using very different strategies of montage, direct address, and narrative imagery, respectively, each of these artists is among our most eloquent social critics. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Hammer Museum.

January 21 - February 25
California African American Museum,
600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora

“Circles and Circuits I” explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and beyond, the exhibition will reveal the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean. The presentation at CAAM will trace the history of Chinese Caribbean art from the 1930s through the period of the region’s independence movements, showcasing the contributions of…

January 21 - February 26
Hudson Backstage Theater,
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038 United States
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

The Watson family of five, of Flint, Michigan is told through the eyes of Kenny, our narrator, who tells the tale of “growing up” in the Watson Family. From getting picked on by the bullies at school to the antics of his eldest brother, Byron (a teenage delinquent), who can’t seem to stay out of trouble and causes alarming concern to their parents. This Multi-Media live stage production features choreographed movement, dance, stunts and historical footage to enhance and liven…

January 21 - March 11
Chinese American Museum,
425 N. Los Angeles St.
Downtown Los Angeles, CA United States
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Circles and Circuits: Chinese Caribbean Art

“Circles and Circuits II” explores the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day. By examining the contributions of artists of Chinese descent in Cuba, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and beyond, the exhibition will reveal the hidden complexities of the transcultural art of the Caribbean. The focus is on the work of contemporary artists such as Albert Chong and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, as well as artists of the ongoing Chinese Caribbean diaspora.…

January 21 - March 16
Los Angeles Central Library, Getty Gallery,
630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071 United States
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For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

This exhibit examines the vital role that visual imagery played in the fight for racial and social equality from the 1940s through the 1970s. The exhibition traces the emergence of attempts by some African Americans to present a more nuanced and accurate picture of African American life, relying on the power of the camera. Grasping the potential of visual images to sway public opinion and bring about social change. Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 am – 8:00 p.m., Fridays – Saturdays…

January 21 - April 15
Fowler Museum at UCLA,
W. Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA United States
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Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis

“Axé Bahia” explores the distinctive cultural role of the city of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Since the 1940s, Salvador has been an internationally renowned center of Afro-Brazilian culture, and it remains an important hub of African-inspired artistic practices in Latin America. This exhibition is the most comprehensive presentation of Bahian arts to date in the U.S. and features the work of such modernists, as well as contemporary artists. “Axé Bahia” features more than 100…

January 21 - March 31
Sunland – Tujunga Branch Library,
7771 Foothill Blvd
Tujunga, CA United States
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Free

African & African American Artist

The exhibit will include art by African & African-American artists, books about African- American art including sculpture, jewelry, & comics. Some of the artists will be Varnette Honeywood, Synthia St. James, Noah Purifoy, Jacob Lawrence, & Samella Lewis. Sponsored by Sunland Tujunga Branch Library.

January 23 - March 4
Museum of Latin American Art,
628 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA United States
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Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

“Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago”, curated by Tatiana Flores, is MOLAA’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition. It is a major survey exhibition of twenty-first-century art of the Caribbean that employs the archipelago as an analytical framework. The exhibition includes painting, installation art, sculpture, photography, video, and performance. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Adults – $10, Seniors & Students – $7, Members and Children under 12 Free,…

January 23 - March 4
Noah Purifoy and Charles Mingus Galleries, Watts Towers Arts Center Campus,
1727 E. 107th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002 United States
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Sankofa

This current exhibition with a community focus is a one man show by La Monte Westmoreland. The Watts Towers Arts Center is one of, if not the only fine arts institution of its kind that has a Community Arts focus and rich cultural heritage on which it stands. Wednesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Watts Towers Art Center.

January 24 - July 31
California African American Museum,
600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Free

Gary Simmons: Fade to Black

Much of Simmons’s work in this exhibit centers on his signature erasure techniques. Early in his career, he drew in white chalk on readymade chalkboards or directly onto slate-painted walls, then smudged the images with his hands. In recent years, he has adapted the process to canvas and large-scale wall works, such as “Blue Field Explosions” (2009), a monumental drawing in the stadium that is home to the Dallas Cowboys. Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00…


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