Public Programs

Curatorial Walkthrough: Finding Soft Ground

May 15, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In Collaboration With

California African American Museum

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice considers Black image making as a site of protest, contestation, affirmation, and possibility. Finding Soft Ground, Fazalizadeh’s current exhibition at Art + Practice, considers the conditions, precarity, and imaginative determination of safety for Black women. Join CAAM Visual Arts Curator Essence Harden as they guide visitors through this new exhibition.

Installation view of 'Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Finding Soft Ground' at Art + Practice. 06 April 2024 - 10 August  2024. Photo: Charles White / JW Pictures.
Installation view of 'Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Finding Soft Ground' at Art + Practice. 06 April 2024 - 10 August  2024. Photo: Charles White / JW Pictures.

Speakers

Essence Harden is the co-curator of Made in LA, 2025, curator of Frieze LA, Focus 2024, and a visual arts curator at the California African American Museum. Essence has curated exhibitions at The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Art + Practice, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Human Resources (Los Angeles), and Oakland Museum of California, amongst others.

Essence is a contributor to New York Times Magazine (2024), The Los Angeles Times Magazine: Image, SSENSE, Art21, Contemporary Art Review LA (CARLA), Artsy, LALA, Cultured Magazine, Performa Magazine, and SFAQ: International Arts and Culture and has written catalog entries for California Biennial: Pacific Gold; Made in LA: Acts of Living; Prospect 5: Yesterday we said tomorrow;  Brave New Worlds: Exploration of Space: Palm Springs Art Museum; and  What Needs to Be Said: Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition. Essence has also served as an art consultant for film and television.

Essence is a 2018 recipient of The Creative Capital, Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a 2020 Annenberg Innovation Lab Civic Media Fellow.

Other Programs in this Series

Sat 6 Apr

IN CONVERSATION: TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH AND ESSENCE HARDEN

April 6, 2024
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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