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Saturday, December 16, 2017

SOUTHERN CA | Director and Artist-led Walkthroughs: "We Wanted a Revolution: Radical Black Women, 1965-85" and "Lezley Saar: Salon des Refusées" at CAAM

Date(s): December 16, 2017

Time: 11:30 AM  PST - 1:00 PM  PST

California African American Museum Exposition Park, 600 State Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037


Members | $15
Guests | $20


Join ArtTable SoCal at the California African American Museum for walkthroughs of two exhibitions: CAAM deputy director Naima Keith will conduct a tour of the groundbreaking "We Wanted a Revolution: Radical Black Women, 1965-85" and artist Lezley Saar will speak to us about her recent work on view in Salon des Refusées.


"We Wanted a Revolution: Radical Black Women, 1965-85," presents the multi-faceted work produced by over forty women artists of color—from Elizabeth Catlett, Lorraine O’Grady, and Howardina Pindell to Betye Saar, Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems—during an era of social and political turbulence and cultural fecundity and artistic experimentation. Showcasing diverse aesthetic approaches to both the traditional mediums of painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking as well as practices including conceptual, performance, film and video art, the exhibition expands and complicates the narrative focusing on the concerns of predominantly white artists aligned with the mainstream feminist movement. Accompanied by abundant documentary and archival materials, the show was co-curated by Naima Keith, Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

A native Angeleno with deep familial roots in the local cultural milieu, artist Lezley Saar combines an array of media—painting, fabric, photographs and found objects— with myriad art historical and literary references in three recent bodies of work: “Madwoman in the Attic,” “Madness and the Gaze,” and “Gender Renaissance.”  An intimate ensemble of collaged and painted works form a “picture gallery” surrounding a central installation reminiscent of a Victorian parlor or “salon.” The exhibition’s title Salon des Refusées enlists the nineteenth-century “Salon of Rejected Works” as a metaphor to explore the related themes of marginality and exclusion from dominant paradigms and normative categories, whether physical, racial, gender-based or sexual. The artist will guide us through the multilayered process and meanings of her deeply personal yet historically relevant practice.

CAAM is also hosting the PST: LA/LA affiliated exhibition "Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora," which ArtTable members and their guests are free to visit before or after the scheduled walkthroughs.

$12 parking in adjacent lot (entrance at 39th and Figueroa) and some free street parking in the vicinity.

Thank you to Naima Keith for hosting and Brenda Williams for organizing this program.




Image For the Women’s House, 1971; Oil on canvas, 96 x 96 in.; (c) Faith Ringgold, image courtesy of the artist and Rose M. Singer Center, New York

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