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Current Exhibitions and Programs

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Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond
August 13, 2015 - April 24, 2016
Hard Edged illustrates the rich interplay of tradition, innovation, and individual talent among a group of forty-six visual artists of African descent for whom geometrical abstraction is their choice of expression. Through their abstractions, these artists address such important issues as feminism, identity, colonialism, stereotypes, family relations, and social justice. Hard Edged presents paintings, sculptures, collages, photographs,... more

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Coloring Independently: 1940's African American Film Stills from the Collection of the California African American Museum
August 27, 2015 - February 28, 2016
CAAM celebrates African American cinematic moments from the 1940's through an independent lens. This exhibition features over 80 film stills and related photographs from the museum's unique collection of African American films from the 1940's, a time of limited character roles and access to the... more

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CAAM Courtyard Series: Metaphors - Charles Dickson
September 24, 2015 - April 10, 2016
Charles Dickson is a prolific artist who is widely known as a public artist with the ability to create studio works ranging from assemblage, functional art and sculptures using various materials such as wood, found objects, metal, and glass. During the creative process Charles Dickson imagines the raw materials before him being transformed into images, elements and shapes that will represent and symbolize the essence of the... more

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The African Legacy in Central America: Tony Gleaton's Photographs from CAAM's Collection
December 31, 2015 - March 20, 2016
This exhibition displays 20 black and white photographs from CAAM's Permanent Collection. The images examine aspects of the African Diaspora in several countries in Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama, contributing to a much needed dialogue on the historical and... more

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Evolution of the Revolution
January 18 - June 26, 2016
Evolution of the Revolution is an immersive, multi-media installation created by Surreal Box Cinema, an artistic duo formed by Lynn Rossi (photographer/set designer) and Nichelle Evans (set designer/conceptual artist). Evolution of the Revolution presents a surreal photographic journey that explores the African American revolutionary... more

The African American Journey West: Permanent Collection

The African American Journey West: Permanent Collection
Currently on view
The African American Journey West: Permanent Collection exhibition features art and artifacts that allow us to trace the African American experience from the western shores of Africa to the rural fields of the southern United States and on to the continent's western frontier.... more