Public Programs

Public programs include individual artist talks, panels, short film screenings, and exhibition walkthroughs. Programs are organized to coincide with museum-curated exhibitions on view at Art + Practice.


Zeinabu irene Davis and Barbara McCullough share the multi-dimensions of experiences of women filmmakers identified as part of the LA Rebellion. They worked in experimental, narrative and documentary genres and subverted those genres to tell stories of African American life. Strong themes of female identity are present in their individual works underscoring a distinct relationship to the Black female experience. As storytellers, both additionally documented the contribution of those who were unknown - fellow artists and media makers whose contributions to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles and African American culture were under recognized except for the works done by McCullough and Davis. Their conversation will reflect their evolution from film school-the LA Rebellion, academia and the professional world. This conversation will be moderated by Desha Dauchan.

Join Art + Practice for a conversation with filmmakers and archivists Renata Cherlise and Russell Hamilton speak with curator, archivist, and filmmaker Darol Olu Kae on the occasion of Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today. Cherlise and Hamilton will discuss with Kae their use of the archive in Black Superman as well as their other collaboration, Atlanta Black and Blue, their respective archival-based practices, issues of access and ethics, and their observations about the increased use of archival materials in film/video work.

Organized by CAAM and Art + Practice (A+P), the Points of Access series continues with a focus on artists and their need to build a sustained practice. CAAM and A+P welcome artists of all stages and genres to explore the many ways to navigate the art world at each point in their careers, and the lessons learned. Join us for the second program in this series at Art + Practice with Linda Vallejo, artist and creator of A to Z Grantwriting with Linda Vallejo. Vallejo will cover the basics and provide artists with tools for developing artist fellowship/residence proposals so they can be ready to apply to any opportunity that comes their way. No prior knowledge is required and all are welcome.

Youth participants will engage with the history of the past to create history of their future by reimagining their identity and presence in society. We will explore alternative documentary methods and archival practices to include narratives often erased from these records. Youth will work in pairs to discuss the meaning and importance of self preservation as a radical tool to reimagine and manifest the stories they desire to leave behind. Engaging in both spiritual and critical dialogue of the past, present, and future, youth will produce portraits using prisms to create an alternative narrative and image. These photographs will be used to build a tangible archive and a digital archive on Instagram.

This workshop is best suited for participants ages 16 to 24 and will take place at 4339 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90008. Please RSVP to reserver a spot here.

August 13, 2019

7 PM - 8 PM

Shirikiana Aina: Brick by Brick

Join filmmaker Shirikiana Aina for a screening and discussion about her short documentary film Brick by Brick (1982). Brick by Brick documents a late-’70s Washington, D.C., ignored by the media, from which poor Black residents are being pushed out. Images of monuments contrast with prescient images of gentrification and homelessness. An alternative is provided by the Seaton Street project, in which tenants united to purchase buildings. Participants discuss their effort as part of a worldwide struggle against displacement.