Aug 302019
 

This is the last weekend (closing 9/1) to see Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at Skirball Cultural Center.

From the center’s website-

See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.” Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite (b. 1938) combined his political vision with the medium of photography to effect social change. Along with his brother Elombe Brath (1936–2014), Brathwaite founded two organizations that were instrumental in realizing his vision: African Jazz-Art Society and Studios, a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, in 1956; and Grandassa Models, a modeling group for black women, in 1962. Working with AJASS and Grandassa Models, Brathwaite organized fashion shows featuring clothing designed by the models themselves, created stunning portraits of jazz luminaries, and captured behind-the-scenes photographs of the black arts community.

During an era when segregation still prevailed across the United States, Brathwaite’s work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded women of color. His photographs celebrated black beauty and instilled a sense of pride throughout the community. Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite demonstrates how the medium of photography is an essential cultural tool in the dissemination of new visual paradigms and political ideas.

Apr 112019
 

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Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (4/11-4/14/19)-

Thursday

Skirball is hosting the panel discussion Black is Beautiful: Then and Now in conjunction with the opening of Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. The panel includes the artist’s son and director of the Kwame Brathwaite Archive, Kwame S. Brathwaite, along with fashion designer Mimi Plange, photographer Tyler Mitchell, and costume designer Ruth Carter. ($20)

Goon are playing with Dead Soft at the Moroccan Lounge

MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting BlackStar Film Festival. The screening to be followed by a discussion with the founder Maori Karmael Holmes (free)

Damon & Naomi are playing at Zebulon with Exploding Flowers

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal is playing at the Echoplex with Horse Head and MIRSY

 

Friday

ICA LA is hosting Art Buzz, a happy hour tour of Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake with curator Jamillah James and Director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa, with refreshments to follow

Prettiest Eyes are playing at El Cid with Meatbodies, Chud, and The Chonks

Drugdealer is performing at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Friday through Sunday

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019 is happening at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The free event includes conversations, workshops, performances and other programs and is a great place to find and purchase art books.

 

Saturday

Bergamot Station is having a Spring Open House, a free event with opening receptions, artist talks, and more

Curator David J. Getsy will be giving a public lecture at West Hollywood City Council Chambers titled Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble in 1970s New York, from 2-4:30pm. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibit he curated for ONE GalleryThe Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance in the 1970s, Photographs by Greg Day. A Q&A with Getsy will follow the lecture.

Independent music stores will celebrate Record Store Day with exclusive releases and events. Amoeba Records in Hollywood will have gift bags, live silk screening, and guest DJ sets

Emily Reo is having a record release party at Junior High with performances by Foxes in Fiction and Lush Agave

Old school hip hop legends Eric B. & Rakim are performing at The Novo

 

Saturday and Sunday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the USC Campus with tons of free and ticketed events and readings, plus music, chef demos, booksellers, and more.

 

Sunday

Zebulon continues their month of free screenings of Jim Jarmusch films with Down By Law

Summer Cannibals are playing The Redwood Bar & Girl

Cruz de Navajas are playing with Pelada, All Your Sisters, Some Ember and Temple of Angeles at the Echoplex