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.


Artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick speak with Dhyandra Lawson, Curatorial Assistant in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA, and activist Gary Tyler on the occasion of the exhibition, Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. The exhibition of photographs, begun in the early 1980s, presents a historical account and testimony of life at Louisiana’s state penitentiary, Angola, where Gary Tyler was wrongly incarcerated on death row for 41 years before his sentence was overturned in 2016.

October 2, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: Texas Isaiah

A+P will welcome Los Angeles-based visual narrator texas isaiah to discuss his practice and recent work. texas isaiah will focus on the overture, epilogue, and everything in between that can possibly occur within a photography session for both the photographer and sitter. He will address how he aims to reformat the language dictated by photography as a medium, including the questions he asks his sitters prior to photographing them and how their images are carried through digital and physical space.

October 16, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Points of Access: Curators in Conversation

Organized in collaboration with the California African American Museum (CAAM), Points of Access: Curators Conversation is the third program in the Points of Access series aimed at offering meaningful dialogue about access to and understanding of contemporary art. In four public programs, CAAM and A+P welcome artists, collectors, curators, and museum administrators to discuss their diverse paths and how they navigated the art world at each point in their careers. The series is designed for individuals at all levels of familiarity with contemporary art; no prior knowledge is required and all are welcome.

Points of Access: Curators Conversation will include Essence Harden (independent), Jamillah James (ICA LA) and Carolyn Castaño (Independent) and will be moderated by Anne Ellegood (Hammer Museum).

November 8, 2018

7 PM - 8 PM

Artist Talk: April Bey

Join Art + Practice on November 8 for a talk with Bahamian raised, LA-based multidisciplinary artist and educator April Bey. Bey will discuss the ideas addressed in her Made in Space series, which explores female and queer afrofuturistic millennial entrepreneurialism via social media and the Internet. Blerdy in nature, juxtapositions of Star Trek and hip-hop culture also manifest in this series. Looking to the future acts as a therapeutic excretory practice in dealing with current day issues around race and discrimination globally. She will touch on the British colonization of West Africa and The Bahamas in comparison to the current Chinese colonization of black countries.

This work is a focus but is part of a generalized exploration of the actual resilience of women as they navigate through high-impact experiences of the body, psyche and demands of womanhood. There’s an ironic hypocrisy in the expectations of women and specifically black women to be sovereign and robust while at the same time inept and emotionally weak/unpredictable when leadership roles are sought.

Organized by activist, educator, and choreographer Suchi Branfman in 2017, Inside Outside brought a group of choreographers and artists to share their work and creative process with incarcerated men inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men’s prison in Norco, California. In deep collaboration with these incarcerated men earlier in the year, Branfman had spent three months co-choreographing SUSTAIN around the question “what sustains you?” She will be in conversation with multidisciplinary artist and educator d. Sabela Grimes, who joined Branfman and other artists at the California Rehabilitation Center to teach and share choreography from his work Bulletproof Deli, that complicates constructed notions of masculinity and manhood within the confines of a “Chinese” take-out spot in North Philadelphia. Join Art + Practice to discuss their experience creating and sharing their art with incarcerated individuals through prison walls.