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Celebrating Black culture in art at WLAC


In conjunction with the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM), the West Los Angeles College (WLAC) Gallery is hosting a special exhibit in honor of Black History Month. Artifacts from the MCLM collection as well as works by 10 prominent artists will be on display in the gallery on campus, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City.

Artists include Shepard Fairey, Charles Mingus III, Mark Greenfield, Pamela Smith Hudson and Betye Saar. Many of the artists will be present for discussion. Admission is free. Parking is available directly adjacent to the gallery in the parking structure for $2. (exact change is required).

The MCLM collection of rare books, films, documents, photographs, artifacts, and works of art related to the history and culture of African Americans, with a special focus on Southern California and the American West, has been described as the largest of its kind on the West Coast.

For 13 years, the collection was housed in Culver City across from the Veterans Auditorium. When MCLM’s lease was not renewed in summer 2019, WLAC offered to store the pieces until a permanent home can be found.

The exhibit is curated by Molly Barnes and MLCM Interim-Executive Director Steven Fisher. Barnes is an art dealer, curator, radio personality, and artist-in-residence at WLAC.