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California African American Museum
600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California 90007
This symposium marks the closing of the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. Developed in partnership with Freewaves.org creator of Dis…MISS, the event engages artists in conversation about the social, political, and aesthetic environments that defined this era in the contemporary realm.
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Opening remarks by Alison Saar honoring Betye Saar and Samella Lewis
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
In Conversation: Faith Ringgold with Michele Wallace
Join us for a conversation between Faith Ringgold and her daughter Michele Wallace as they discuss the catalytic political period captured in the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. This conversation derives from their life-long relationship and highlights key moments and stories behind the work. Moderated by Erin Christovale, assistant curator, Hammer Museum.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Black Radical Women Now!
This series of conversations between artists featured in We Wanted a Revolution and local practitioners working in Los Angeles traces the synergies between movements and making. Panelists include Linda Goode Bryant, Maren Hassinger, Barbara McCullough, and Senga Nengudi, who will share the influences behind their work and how they continue to practice today. This conversation is moderated by Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and co-curator of We Wanted a Revolution.
4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Performance: Women’s Work by Maren Hassinger
Everyone in the audience is invited to participate in this project designed to highlight our unity.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Radical Women Workshop
Hear breakout conversations between featured artists Jae Jarrell, Dindga McCannon, and others on topics of mutual interest, such as artist-run spaces, collective practices, performance work, and feminist practice. Participating local artists are Lili Bernard, April Bey, Adebukola Bodunrin, Zeal Harris, Tonya Ingram, Cole M. James, Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, Nicole Kelly, Jessica Wimbley, and others. Moderated by independent curator Chelle Barbour.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Closing Reception Celebration
DJ Scholar Lynnée Denise spins music inspired by We Wanted a Revolution. This feminist sonic collage will honor black women's radical cultural contributions that are typically erased from discourse on black music. Denise curates a set featuring music produced, written, and/or performed by black women between 1965 and 1985.
Support provided by Metabolic Studio.