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.


Multidisciplinary artists Alima Lee and Kya Lou join Art + Practice on April 25 to discuss their individual practices as well as their process and experiences documenting Black life in Los Angeles. Both raised outside of LA, Lee and Lou will address how and why they ended up calling Los Angeles home. From coffee shops and record stores to grassroots hip hop shows and college campuses, the artists will explain why it is so important to capture and share the community they’ve found here with the rest of the world as well as the methods they use to share these hyperlocal stories.

Filmmaker, artist, and poet Ijeoma Iloputaife and filmmaker and film scholar Philana Payton will come together on May 14 to discuss their practices and the common themes between them. Central to both artists’ work is understanding and representing the role of Black women in the face of institutionalized racism, black-on-black violence, colonialism, and normalized misogyny in many forms. Iloputaife and Payton will address the Black female experience in their work as well as the intergenerational similarities and differences they’ve experienced and expressed through their art as well as the progress, or lack thereof, made in the betterment of the plight of women today.

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. In four public programs, 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 first program at CAAM with Karen Atkinson, founder and creator of the artist-run company and art project, Getting Your Sh*t Together. Atkinson will cover the basics and empower artists to develop sustainable and successful careers on their own terms. No prior knowledge is required and all are welcome.

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.

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.

August 13, 2019

7 PM - 8 PM

Shirikiana Aina: Brick by Brick

L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Shirikiana Aina joins Art + Practice on August 13 to share her 33-minute film Brick by Brick (1982). More information forthcoming.