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ISABEL WILKERSON AND JACQUELINE WOODSON IN CONVERSATION

As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.Isabel Wilkerson, Caste*

Isabel Wilkerson—author of The Warmth of Other Suns—will join children’s author Jacqueline Woodson for an online discussion of Wilkerson’s new historical study CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS, which “examines how America has been shaped by an unspoken caste system and the impacts of this rigid hierarchy of human divisions on our lives today. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, she explores eight pillars that underlie these systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more.”*

The conversation is presented by the California African American Museum, and a signed copy of CASTE is available to order. See links below for details.

ISABEL WILKERSON and JACQUELINE WOODSON IN CONVERSATION*

Monday, August 10.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

*Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (New York: Random House, 2020).

See Eso Won Books to order a signed copy.

From top: Isabel Wilkerson, courtesy and © the author and Minnesota Public Radio; Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020), cover image courtesy and © the author and Random House; Jacqueline Woodson, courtesy and © the author and the photographer; Woodson, Red at the Bone, cover image courtesy and © the author and Riverhead Books.

LA BLACKSMITH

LA BLACKSMITH—a historical survey of work in bronze, copper, tin, aluminum, gold, and iron and steel alloys by modern and contemporary black Los Angeles artists—is on view for one more week at CAAM.

Curated by Jill Moniz, participating artists include Joseph Beckles, Kendell Carter, Adrienne DeVine, Charles Dickson, Melvin Edwards, Charla Elizabeth, Maren Hassinger, Artis Lane, Ed Love, Kori Newkirk, John Outterbridge, Duane Paul, Noah Purifoy, John Riddle, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Gerard Basil Stripling, Kehinde Wiley, Glen Wilson, Beulah Woodard, and Suné Woods.

LA BLACKSMITH

Through February 16.

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

LA Blacksmith, CAAM, September 10, 2019–February 16, 2020, from top: Alison Saar, Smokin’ Papa Chaud, 2001, wood, ceiling tin, found objects; Suné Woods, Traveling Like The Light, 2015, mixed media collage; Beulah Woodard, Mask, circa 1935, metal over wood; Betye Saar, Red Signs of Transformation, 2015, metal and found objects. Images courtesy and © the artists, their galleries and estates, the photographers, and CAAM.

KOHSHIN FINLEY AND DIEDRICK BRACKENS IN CONVERSATION

In conjunction with Plumb Line—Charles White and the Contemporary at CAAM, Kohshin Finley and Diedrick Brackens will discuss their practice in a conversation moderated by Essence Harden.

KOHSHIN FINLEY AND DIEDRICK BRACKENS IN CONVERSATION

Wednesday, August 21, at 7 pm.

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

From top: Kohshin Finley (left) and Diedrick Brackens, photographs courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, and CAAM; Kohshin Finley, Listen to the Officer, 2017, diptych, oil and mixed media on canvas, courtesy and © the artist; Diedrick Brackens (2), demigod, 2019, photograph by Dario Lasagni, courtesy and © the artist; Kohshin Finley, poem, courtesy and © the artist and Cultured Magazine.

KARA WALKER AT CAAM

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition CALIFORNIA BOUND—SLAVERY ON THE NEW FRONTIER, 1848–1865, join Kara Walker and Institute of Contemporary Art curator Jamillah James for a conversation at CAAM.

KARA WALKER and JAMILLAH JAMES IN CONVERSATION

Monday, April 1, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

California African American Museum

600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

From top: Kara Walker, courtesy the artist and CAAM; Kara Walker, The Katastwóf Karavan,Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Algiers Point, New Orleans, courtesy the artist.

SOUL OF A NATION SYMPOSIUM

Thelma Golden and Kellie Jones—joined by CAAM‘s departing deputy director and chief curator Naima J. Keith—will participate in the first panel of the SOUL OF A NATION SYMPOSIUM at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo.*

The symposium marks the opening day of the SOUL OF A NATION exhibition at The Broad. Panel 1—which runs from 10:35 am to 11:50 am—will turn on the subject “The Politics of Black Exhibitions.” UC Irvine associate professor Bridget R. Cooks will moderate.

For complete information on the day’s speakers and panels, see the link below.

SOUL OF A NATION SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, March 23, from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Aratani Theatre

244 San Pedro Street, downtown Los Angeles.

*On April 1, 2019, Keith will join LACMA as the vice president of education and public programs.

From top: Betye Saar, Rainbow Mojo, 1972, acrylic painting on cut leather, courtesy the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, photograph by Robert Wedemeyer; Roy DeCarava, Mississippi freedom marcher, Washington, D.C., 1963, photograph, gelatin silver print on paper, courtesy Sherry DeCarava and the DeCarava Archives, © Roy DeCarava; Barkley L. Hendricks, Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved Any Black People — Bobby Seale), 1969, oil, acrylic and aluminum leaf on linen canvas, © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Superman S–Shield © and ™ DC Comics, used with permission.