In 1982 Prince gave us Little Red Corvette and I guess we should have known that relationships are ephemeral. Loving in the eighties was turbulent and the socio-political climate propelled us into the ’90s Culture Wars. During this decade Al Loving used the spiral as an infinite gesture that speaks to life’s continuum. Erin Christovale and Suné Woods will discuss cultural production during this time and vulnerabilities that resonate now.
Erin Christovale is the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. She is currently organizing the 28th anniversary of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS’ longstanding project, A Day With(Out) Art and Made in L.A. 2018 with Anne Ellegood at the Hammer Museum.
Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of video installations, photographs, and collages. Woods’ practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body.
She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California Initiative Award, The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer.
Woods has served as Visiting Faculty in the CalArts Photography & Media Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art Program, and has mentored fellows and organized lectures with at land’s edge, a platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action in Los Angeles.