Kids, come hear the spider stories told by the Ashanti people of Ghana. Anansi is no ordinary spider, but a trickster, who sometimes wears clothes or has a human face and is very cunning and able to often turn the table on his powerful oppressors. These stories told by Anansi originated from African oral tradition and since have travelled across several continents and throughout time enriching the lives of all who share these stories.
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Celebrate African American Heritage with Anansi, the Spider Stories:
Under the leadership of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to present this year’s Festival Guide, which gives you an overview of the exciting festivals, celebrations, and events taking place throughout Los Angeles in the upcoming year. Download the guide here:
LA #Unshuttered showcases the photography of young artists advocating for social justice. Featured are works by ten Los Angeles-based, high-school students who have been learning about, engaging in, and working for causes greater than themselves. Tuesdays – Thursdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Recent portrait-like paintings by contemporary British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye are displayed adjacent to the historic Portrait Gallery at The Huntington. The installation of five of Yiadom-Boakye’s studies of fictional characters create a dialogue with The Huntington’s collection of highly formal 18th-century British portraits. Drawn from the world of found images and imagination, Yiadom-Boakye’s figures seem familiar but also mysterious. Mondays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Except Tuesdays) $25 weekdays / $29 weekends
Mark Bradford’s 150 Portrait Tone, a mural-size composition that contains elements of both abstraction and realism, is based on an idea for a work that the artist conceived after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This exhibition draws from philanthropist, art collector and Art + Practice co-founder Eileen Harris Norton’s collection, showcasing a selection of artworks by women of color. The exhibition seeks to highlight an intergenerational, multi-ethnic group of trailblazing artists who have profoundly impacted the landscape of contemporary art. Works range from painting and sculpture to video and installation, and include artists such as Shirin Neshat, Betye Saar, Doris Salcedo, Amy Sherald, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.