The Fowler Museum at UCLA is showcasing Disguise: Masks & Global African Art, an exhibition exploring the art of masking. See how twelve African artists disguise themselves through various mediums — drawings, masks, videos, sculptures and performances — to reveal political, social and cultural issues. (Metro Bus 2 to Hilgard/Wyton or various Santa Monica Blue Bus lines to UCLA Terminal at Hilgard/Stratmore).
African Roots, African-American Fruits: A Musical Journey. Begins at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Pasadena’s Conservatory of Music. General admission is $10, and guests can look forward to an afternoon of traditional African music infused with blues, jazz and gospel. Featured artists will include Nigerian drummers, gospel vocalists and members from the Conservatory of Music’s Jazz Studies Department. Food and beverages will be available for purchase after the concert. (Metro 180/181, 687/686, 256 to Colorado/Hill or Metro Bus 256 to Hill/Walnut).
Just steps away from Olvera Street, El Pueblo’s Pico House is offering a one-month installment of Founding Fathers: The Hidden African Ancestry of Los Angeles. The collaborative exhibition traces the racial and ethnic diversity of Los Angeles and the city founders who were of African heritage. The exhibit is free and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., now until February 29. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station).
SKIN is currently in Barnsdall Art Park at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the last remaining municipal art gallery in the country! Although SKIN isn’t exclusively dedicated to Black History Month, the exhibit examines the work of 36 artists who’ve used art to encourage discussions on race relations and stereotypes. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset or Metro Bus 217, 780 to Hollywood/Lower).
The California African American Museum is located in Exposition Park, a three-minute walk from the Expo line. The museum researches, collects, preserves and interprets the art and culture of African Americans — and houses more than 4,000 pieces of art, artifacts and historical documents. The latest exhibit is “Evolution of the Revolution,” a multi-media installation that explores the African American revolutionary path from the Transatlantic Middle Passage to the present day political arena, including the Underground Railroad and Civil Rights era of the 20th century. Admission is free. (Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station).
The African American Firefighter Museum, located on the corner of Central Ave and 14th Street, is a monument to the history of civil rights. Check out the museum’s latest exhibit, Arnett “The Rookie” Hartsfield, and learn about notable African American firefighters in L.A. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 a.m to 4 p.m. on Sundays. (Metro Bus 53 to Central/14th).
Tucked away on the 3rd floor of Macy’s in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is the Museum of African American Art. The museum was founded in 1976, and continues to be the only non-profit, privately owned African American museum in the world! MAAA is open Thursday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Don’t forget to view the new exhibition, The Creative World on Synthia Saint James, on display now through April 30. (Metro Bus 105 to MLK/Marlton or Metro 40 to MLK/Crenshaw).
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