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KCRW Open House at The California African American Museum
Feb 10 • 7:00 pm PST
KCRW Open House series brings together KCRW and partner audiences for free evenings to enjoy the best of the culture spectrum across the Greater Los Angeles area.
Join KCRW and CAAM for a free evening of music, art, and good vibes. Come groove to the sounds of KCRW DJs Francesca Harding and Tyler Boudreaux amidst the joyous burst of colors and concepts in CAAM’s special exhibition, Adee Roberson and Azikiwe Mohammed: because i am that. Pop into the beer garden, grab some bites from favorite local food trucks, and chat with the KCRW Street Team. KCRW Members have early exhibition access, along with remarks and a meet + greet with KCRW President Jennifer Ferro and CAAM Executive Director Cameron Shaw. Come warm up this cool winter evening with us!
This event is free and open to the public with RSVP.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | KCRW Member Preview
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | General Public
The California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West. In addition to presenting a dynamic slate of exhibitions and public programs, CAAM houses a permanent collection of more than five thousand works of art, artifacts, and historical documents, and a research library. Admission is free.
About because i am that
because i am that is a two-person exhibition by Adee Roberson and Azikiwe Mohammed presented in CAAM’s atrium. Featuring screenprints, paintings, video, window vinyl, and a mix of sculptural works, because i am that is a malleable environment that will evolve to include additional collaborators in performance, movement, and sound. Roberson’s and Mohammed’s intuitive practices figure Blackness as an abstraction, something free of fixed narratives and boundaries. because i am that is a conversation between two artists, a means to attend to the physical and metaphysical and to build a cosmic vessel that offers transport to an unbound sphere of Black musings. The exhibition’s title is borrowed from the writings of conceptual-performance artist Senga Nengudi. In the last line of a personal statement from 1996, Nengudi reminds the reader that despite the abstract nature of her work, it is inherently imbued with a multitude of presences (Black, woman, spiritual being). Both Roberson and Mohammed affirm this matter-of-fact declaration, asserting the significance of their work and themselves and leaving it at that. The exhibition is curated by Essence Harden, Visual Arts Curator, CAAM.