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600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
213-744-2024www.caamuseum.org
September 2017
September 15, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Free

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 2018
January 18 @ 6:00 pm - February 18 @ 8:00 pm
Free

Salon and Performance by Maurice Harris

During the closing week of “Salon des Refusés” by Lezley Saar, artist Maurice Harris, founding creator of floral design company Bloom & Plume, will activate the exhibition with a performance featuring spoken word as well as readings of passages from books that inspired Saar’s surrealist works, including “Madwoman in the Attic” and “Monad”. Sponsored by the California African American Museum.

February 2018
February 1 - August 26
Free

Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity

Adler Guerrier (b. 1975, Port-au- Prince) is best known for his work in photography and printmaking that explores the poetics and politics of place. He examines the public space of the street as a site for civil discourse and disobedience and the more private realm of the home and yard as places for meditative observation and reverie—addressing both as political spheres. Guerrier’s new project for CAAM continues his investigation of history’s relationship to landscape, picturing what the artist has described…

February 8 - August 26
Free

How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles

The exhibition charts the story of gospel in LA, including the Azusa Street Revival in 1906, the Great Migration to Los Angeles in the 1940’s, musical innovators within black church congregations, its key role during the Civil Rights era, and the thriving commercial success it enjoyed afterward. Each period contributed to producing a global musical phenomenon that shifted American popular culture and politics—and uplifted the country for generations. Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00 a.m. –…

February 8 - August 26
Free

How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles

The exhibition charts the story of gospel in LA, including the Azusa Street Revival in 1906, the Great Migration to Los Angeles in the 1940’s, musical innovators within black church congregations, its key role during the Civil Rights era, and the thriving commercial success it enjoyed afterward. Each period contributed to producing a global musical phenomenon that shifted American popular culture and politics—and uplifted the country for generations. Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00 a.m. –…

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Frederick Douglass Now by Roger G. Smith

In celebration of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial, Roger Guenveur Smith presents his internationally acclaimed solo performance, Frederick Douglass Now. Smith bookends Douglass’ classic 19th-century texts with original narrative to create what the Los Angeles Times calls “a personal benchmark for this remarkable artist.” Douglass, the pioneering abolitionist and feminist, is among a gallery of historically inspired theatrical portraits drawn by Smith. RSVP required. Sponsor: California African American Museum

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Curatorial Walkthrough: How Sweet the Sound

Tour “How Sweet the Sound” with CAAM history curator Tyree Boyd-Pates and Daniel Walker of USC’s Gospel Music Archive and discover how gospel music pioneers like James Cleveland, Andraé Crouch, Sallie Martin, and others brought gospel to Los Angeles and redefined the genre. Sponsored by the California African American Museum.

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 - $20

African Dance Competition LA 2018 – Black History Month Event

African dance is polycentric, which sets it apart from most other dance traditions in the world. African dance has transformed over the decades. The traditional African dance is gradually making way more modern dance moves. African Dance LA in its 2nd year of productions aims to be the largest African dance competition with a focus on the art of contemporary African dance. This event is in recognition of our youth’s efforts to promote and preserve African culture through dance and…


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