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The Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance
Company: More Than a Business

April 4, 2012 - July 31, 2014
On July 23, 1925 under the leadership of William Nickerson, Jr., Norman O. Houston and George Beavers, Jr., Golden State Guarantee Fund Insurance Company began in a one room office at 1412 Central Avenue. Within three months they had outgrown that space and moved to a storeroom at 3512 Central Avenue. Within three years the company had over... more

No More by Sam Doyle

African American Self-Taught Artists from the South

October 3, 2013 - June 8, 2014
The late, renowned, self-taught artists honored in this important exhibition created stirring artworks with a variety of media. Leroy Almon imbued his carvings with devout faith; Sam Doyle painted Gullah history on cast-off roofing tin; Roy Ferdinand illustrated graphic urban tableaux on posterboard; Clementine Hunter rendered rich biographical paintings in...more

Untitled (Lounging Woman) - Geoffrey Holder

A Memoir in Movement: Carmen de Lavallade &
Geoffrey Holder

December 19, 2013 - July 6, 2014
This exhibition selectively surveys over half a century of the prodigious artistic output of Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder as actors, dancers, choreographers, teachers, directors, musicians, collectors and designers. It is filled with paintings, photographs, fashion dresses, show costumes and designs, books, and other treasures...more

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January 16, 2014 - June 15, 2014
Artists Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Kamal Sinclair and Bayeté Ross Smith collected question and answer videos from 150 men of different social, economic, political, and generational backgrounds to explore the full spectrum of what it means to be “Black” and “male” in America. They molded this rich content into an insightful, provocative and entertaining video installation on themes that divide, unite, and puzzle Black males...more

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Hands On Design
February 1, 2014 - August 3, 2014
The California African American Museum presents a Courtyard showcase of design-based artwork by students of the Design Area at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Guided by a team of curators and designers invested in the mission of CAAM and the pedagogy of the Design Area at Roski, this first collaborative exhibition presents site-specific projects that incorporate innovative approaches to the use of materials, basic principles of design, layout,... more

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The March on Washington: A Tribute, 50 Years Later
August 27, 2013 - August 24, 2014
It is estimated that 250,000 men and women, black and white, young and old, traveled significant distances to converge on the Washington Monument Mall, and raise their voices in unity to demand jobs, freedom, and equality for all Americans. The August 28, 1963, March on Washington became a watershed moment in the struggle for Civil Rights. CAAM celebrates this historical event with an exhibition featuring... more

Exhibition Events

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