As Black History Month comes to a close, we have three local events questioning and informing black perspectives. At Blackbird house, local leaders confront wealth disparities and talk about giving young people the resources to succeed at anything. At Antioch University, a panel entitled “Black Is.” discusses art, fashion and politics at a time of heightened awareness of black culture.
1. Event: Celebrating Black Leadership in Culver City @ Blackbird House – Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Join local leaders, including Council Member Daniel Lee and Senator Holly J. Mitchell, this Saturday to discuss black success and building black wealth. Mitchell, Lee and other black leaders will tackle important questions: What can we do on the community, local, state and federal level to address racial wealth inequality? How do we build Black Wealth? How do we change the numbers that show a disproportionate number of unhoused individuals and families are Black? Blackbird House is a co-working space for entrepreneurs who “understand the essential aim toward diversity and work-life balance,” per their website. They host events throughout the year. You can find out more and register for the event here.
Time: 2p.m. – 5p.m.
Location: Blackbird House, 10600 Virginia Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Price: Free, register here.
2. Event: Family Day at the Wende – Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
Explore what it means to be a hero this Sunday at the Wende’s monthly Family Day, entitled “We Could Be Heroes.” Families will be tasked with assembling popsicle sticks and felt fabric to create their own mythological hero or heroine. But no mythology is complete without the lore, so bring your imagination with you. Family Day occurs on every last Sunday of the month.
Time: 11a.m. – 3p.m.
Location: The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA. 90230
3. Panel: Black Is. The Black Aesthetic @ Antioch University – Feb. 25, 2020
In this third and final event in a series for Black History Month, panelists discuss art, fashion and politics from a black perspective.
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230
Price: Free, with a small parking fee
4. Art: Honor Fraser Gallery – “I Drove to San Francisco and Back” – now through Feb. 27, 2020
Thursday is the last day to see Joe Sola’s “I Drove to San Francisco and Back.” A satirical visual artist, Sola has shown in group shows at LACMA and SFMOMA, and his work has drawn comparisons to John Baldessari and Richard Prince. View the exhibit with a lighthearted lens: much of his work is a humorous critique on government, consumerism and the contemporary art world itself.
Time: Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Location: 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
5. Exhibit: California African American Museum – now through March 1, 2020
If you’re feeling adventurous, park your car at the Culver City Expo line and take the E line to Expo Park/USC for a visit to the California African American Museum. Two exhibitions, Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840–1940 and Timothy Washington: Citizen/Ship, are on until the end of the month. The former explores the archetype popularized during the 20th century in films like Gone With the Wind. The latter features the first installation work by LA-based artist Timothy Washington, a prominent figure in the Black Arts movement, which thrived during the 1960s and 70s.
Time: To view museum hours, visit their website here
Location: CAAM, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Price: Free; parking is $12 during the day, $15 after 5 p.m.