Musings on the modern and contemporary visual culture of the African Diaspora.

BAHM | 2.2.18 | Jamillah James

BAHM | 2.2.18 | Jamillah James

This past August, Jamillah James was announced as Curator of the ICA LA (formerly Santa Monica Museum of Art). She previously served as the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum for the past two years. While at the Hammer she contributed to a number of exhibitions in collaboration with Art + Practice, a non-profit organization founded in part by artist Mark Bradford in Leimert Park. Before moving to LA, James held curatorial fellowships at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Queens Museum. She describes her time at the Studio Museum as formative, working under the mentorship of Director, Thelma Golden

 Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 3, 2015–January 10, 2016. Photo: Brian Forrest.

James has already shown her enthusiasm for exhibiting early-career artists in their first institutional exhibitions, including Simone Leigh and Njideka Akunyili Crosby as part of the Hammer Projects as well as Abigail DeVille, Sarah Cain, Alex Da Corte, and Charles Gaines. Upcoming projects include the first U.S. survey of artist B. Wurtz, the first solo exhibition in LA for artist Nayland Blake, as well as solo projects with Rafa Esparza, Maryam Jafri, and Lucas Blalock. 

Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh. Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, September 17, 2016–January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Forrest.

BAHM | 2.3.18 | Erin Christovale

BAHM | 2.3.18 | Erin Christovale

BAHM | 2.1.18 | Thelma Golden

BAHM | 2.1.18 | Thelma Golden