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January 2018
January 24 - July 31
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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…

February 2018
February 1 - August 26
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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 11 - July 1
Fowler Museum at UCLA, W. Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA United States
Free

Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

Meleko Mokgosi’s large-scale episodic painting cycle Bread, Butter, and Power forms the newest chapter in his ongoing series Democratic Intuition, which seeks to explore ideas about the many ways that democratic concepts influence our lives, loves, and relationships on macro- and micro-levels. This twenty-panel installation interrogates the theme of feminism in the context of southern Africa, and considers the consequences of dividing labor practices by gender. Sponsored by Fowler Museum

February 25 @ 10:00 am - August 5 @ 7:00 pm
Ocean Front Park, Venice Beach
Los Angeles, CA 90291 United States
Free

Festival of the Chariots

Three colorful forty-foot chariots, handmade in the ancient Indian tradition, are hand pulled by huge ropes down Main St. in Santa Monica, accompanied by musicians, singers, and dancers. The parade ends at the festival site at Ocean Front Park in Venice. At the site, huge tents house exhibits, food stands, and two stages. Free vegetarian meals are served to fifteen thousand attendees. Children’s activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and entertainment for family and kids. Sponsor: International Society for…

February 25 @ 11:00 am - August 18 @ 3:00 pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
Free

Robotics by the Sea

Bring your entire family and join the crew at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to learn about underwater robotics. Witness R.O.V. (Remotely Operated Vehicle) demonstrations and much more. Sponsor: City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - August 4 @ 9:00 pm
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
$25 - $50

LA’s Festival of the Americas

The festival will highlight Latin culture with music, art, dance, and culinary delicacies. LA’s Festival of the Americas will offer the public Latin music and dance to delight the senses. The festival will not only bring the Latin-American community together but will also introduce Angelenos to the vast and rich heritage of Latin culture. Sponsor: Yambu Productions

February 26 - September 3
Downtown Hermosa Beach, Intersection of Valley Drive and Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA United States
Free

Fiesta Hermosa

For the past forty years, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce has produced Fiesta Hermosa, the largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California. Over 270 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. With the ocean as a backdrop, the festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in downtown Hermosa Beach. Sponsor: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce

March 2018
March 14 - September 9
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
Free

Charting the Terrain: Eric Mack and Pamela Smith Hudson

In this exhibit new and recent works by Atlanta-based artist Eric Mack and Los Angeles-based artist Pamela Smith Hudson offer nuanced, abstract perspectives on the West Coast landscape. Both artists create intricate compositions of aerial views that are reminiscent of topographic or satellite maps. Their detailed landscapes portray beaches and forests, sites that have recently endured natural and man-made devastation and rejuvenation. Honing in on their surroundings with geometrical, patterned, and grid-like or undulating forms, Mack and Smith Hudson provide…

March 14 - September 9
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
Free

Shinique Smith: Refuge

For more than a decade, multimedia artist Shinique Smith has employed new, used, and personal recycled clothing, fabrics, and objects—items that exist in the realm of what we call belongings—to construct sculptures, paintings, and site-specific installations. Examining the ways in which these objects resonate on a personal and social scale, Smith’s works operate at the convergence of consumption, displacement, and sanctuary. “Refuge” proposes that we all belong to each other and have the capacity to build, shelter, and strengthen the…


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