California African American Museum

California African American Museum

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Research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art, and culture of African Americans
Founded in 1977, the California African American Museum has a long and rich history. The first African American museum of art, history, and culture fully supported by a state, CAAM was the direct result of a sustained, multiyear campaign of activism undertaken by visionary founders and community members. Its creation was an early and tangible recognition by the State of California of the critically important role African Americans have played in the American West’s cultural, economic, and political development. CAAM began formal operations in 1981 and was initially housed in temporary quarters. Longtime arts advocate Aurelia Brooks was the Museum’s first director, and the first object acquired for CAAM’s permanent collection was a magnificent bronze bust by Richmond Barthé of civil rights activist Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. In 1984, CAAM moved to its permanent home in Exposition Park, just south of Downtown Los Angeles: a 44,000-square-foot facility designed by African American architects Jack Haywood and Vince Proby. The new facility’s inaugural exhibition was The Black Olympians 1904-1984, curated by CAAM's History Curator Lonnie Bunch, now Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibition debuted in July 1984 just as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad were opening in Los Angeles. Today, CAAM sits among the many major institutions transforming Exposition Park and South Los Angeles, including the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum, and the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The Museum’s permanent collection houses 4,000 objects that span landscape painting and portraiture, modern and contemporary art, historical objects and print materials, and mixed-media artworks. Though the collection emphasizes objects pertinent to California and the American West, it also houses a growing collection of artworks from the African diaspora as well as important works by African Americans from across the United States. CAAM has a strong mandate to support the work of under-represented artists of color and to think expansively about the way African American artists have contributed to American culture and the world at large.
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Standort
Öffnungszeiten
 
Montag
closed
Dienstag
10am - 5pm
Mittwoch
10am - 5pm
Donnerstag
10am - 5pm
Freitag
10am - 5pm
Samstag
10am - 5pm
Sonntag
11am - 5pm
 
 
Ausstellungen
Adia Millett
Breaking Patterns
February 5, 2019 - August 25, 2019  
The Liberator
Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914
March 20, 2019 - September 8, 2019 
Plumb Line
Charles White and the Contemporary
March 8, 2019 - August 25, 2019 
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