Press Release For Immediate Release 


The California African American Museum Offers Free Family Fun-Filled Events, Exhibitions and Programs Year Round

 

The current must-see exhibition at the California African American Museumis "Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive." On view at CAAM through October 20, 2013, the exhibition is a retrospective of Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive’s career.

 

 

 

Los Angeles, California – June 1, 2013 – The California African American Museum (CAAM) is a prominent and vital cultural institution in Southern California, and one of the few cultural institutions that offers free admission. Located in Los Angeles, CAAM presents approximately 13 exhibitions and hosts more than 80 public programs annually. Located in the heart of Exposition Park, CAAM preserves the history, art and culture of African Americans and includes a special emphasis on California and the western United States.

 

The current must-see exhibition at CAAM is Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive. On view at CAAM through October 20, 2013, the exhibition is a retrospective of Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive’s career, charting his artistic development over several decades.  As compiled, it is one of the largest exhibitions of Mendive’s oeuvre to ever take place on the West Coast.  Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruíz and CAAM’s Project Manager, Mar Hollingsworth, curated the exhibition.

 

 “Over the years, CAAM has created and produced more than two dozen exhibitions highlighting the interconnectedness of the art and culture of the people of the African Diaspora,” said Charmaine Jefferson, CAAM’s Executive Director.  “What makes this exhibition unique is the presentation of works that not only reflects past and present influences, but opens awareness and insight into the prevalence of African culture in Cuba and beyond.”

 

Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art Of Manuel Mendive, is centered on the 50-year career of the prominent Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive. This exhibition brings focus on the contemporary visual and material culture of the Afro-Cuban religion Lukumí. In general, the art of Mendive connects with the culture of African diasporic countries through earthly and mystically-charged subjects. The selected works at CAAM have rarely been exhibited together.

 

 

 

The exhibition starts with an exploration of Mendive's formative years - early drawings, clay works and small textiles. It continues with his mythological paintings, appliquéd works (Sacred Cloths), and abstract pieces. It concludes with some of his bronze and soft sculptures as well as an installation of masks that leads to the video installation Las Cabezas (The Heads).  This video captures Mendive’s 2012 performance during the Havana Biennale. In addition to the use of religious themes in the exhibition, Mendive’s

work incorporates the concepts of nationalism, mysticism and history.

 

After the exhibition closes, it will go on tour with its first stop at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum at Florida International University in Miami.  Preliminary discussions are underway to tour the Mendive exhibition in other cities throughout the United States.

 

 

 

“It is deeply rewarding to have a collection of works from the 50-year career of an artist as important as Maestro Mendive in our city,” said Olga Garay-English, Executive Director, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.  “This highly complex project was two years in the making, and would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of all the partners.  My hope is that of the artist’s: that the exhibition travels to other venues throughout the U.S.”

 

CAAM’s exhibitions, programs and events are free and open to the public.  CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Hours of operation include Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Mondays.  Parking is $10 in the lot adjacent to CAAM at 39th and Figueroa Streets.  For more information about CAAM and its exhibitions, programs and events, please visit:  www.caamuseum.org or call (213) 744-7432. 

 

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

 

CAAM will host a number of public events for all ages, surrounding the Mendive exhibition and includes the following: 

 

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2 p.m.

Painting The Orishas

Lili Bernard, visual artist and actor, will facilitate a workshop on Afro-Cuban religion and folklore.

 

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 2 p.m.

Afro-Cuban Beats

Museum visitors are invited to participate with their own drums, listen to the lecture or simply watch the performance.

 

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2 p.m.

Cuba Today: A Visitor’s Reflection

Ruby Quallsgray, from CAAM’s History Council, will take visitors on a journey to Cuba detailing her recent nine-day immersion into the culture, lifestyle and political landscape of the island.

 

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 2 p.m.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING “Black and Cuba”(2013, 83 min) Director/writer Robin J. Hayes’ documentary is the diary of minority students who traveled from the Ivy League halls of Harvard University to Cuba.

 

OTHER EXHIBITIONS IN THE CAAM GALLERIES:

 

Ryman Arts opening June 2, 2013 through July 6, 2013, in CAAM’s Courtyard

 

Diverted Destruction 6 opening June 29, 2013 through September 17, 2013, on view at The Loft at Liz's - located at 453 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, and in the California African American Museum’s Courtyard.

 

The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper opening July 11, 2013 through September 15, 2013

Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company:  More Than a Business through June 23, 2013

 

Afrodescendientes: Photographer Roberto Chile in Guanabacoa, Cuba through Oct. 13, 2013

 

 

About The California African American Museum

 

The California African American Museum (CAAM) researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans. Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, CAAM is a State-supported institution, and a partner with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. In addition to its permanent collection of over 3,000 objects of art, artifacts and historical documents, CAAM also houses a research library containing more than 20,000 volumes, employs and trains high school students through its Young Docents program, and hosts in-house curated exhibitions and traveling exhibitions on a regular basis.  The museum also tours CAAM exhibitions throughout California and the nation.

 

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 Contact & Media Visits  


California African American Museum

Los Angeles, California

Web: www.caamuseum.org, Phone: (213) 744-7432

 

Media Contact: Woodburn T. Schofield

Email: Wschofield@caamuseum.org

Phone: (213) 744-2066

 


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The California African American Museum Offers Free Family Fun-Filled Events, Exhibitions and Programs Year Round

Los Angeles, California – June 1, 2013 – The California African American Museum (CAAM) is a prominent and vital cultural institution in Southern California, and one of the few cultural institutions that offers free admission. Located in Los Angeles, CAAM presents approximately 13 exhibitions and hosts more than 80 public programs annually. Located in the heart of Exposition Park, CAAM preserves the history, art and culture of African Americans and includes a special emphasis on California and the western United States.  The current must-see exhibition at CAAM is Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive. On view at CAAM through October 20, 2013, the exhibition is a retrospective of Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive’s career, charting his artistic development over several decades.  As compiled, it is one of the largest exhibitions of Mendive’s oeuvre to ever take place on the West Coast.  Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruíz and CAAM’s Project Manager, Mar Hollingsworth, curated the exhibition. CAAM’s exhibitions, programs and events are free and open to the public.  CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Hours of operation include Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Mondays.  Parking is $10 in the lot adjacent to CAAM at 39th and Figueroa Streets.  For more information about CAAM and its exhibitions, programs and events, please visit:  www.caamuseum.org or call (213) 744-7432. 
Media Contact: Woodburn T. Schofield, Email: Wschofield@caamuseum.org, Phone: (213) 744-2066