BAHM | 2.3.18 | Erin Christovale
Erin Christovale is Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum. She was previously an independent curator, before coming on as the co-curator of the 2018 Made in L.A. Biennial, opening at the Hammer Museum in June and featuring the work of artists based in the LA area (full list to be announced this month!).
Christovale is also a curator of the Black Radical Imagination film series with Amir George. The series, which has screened at MOMA PS1, MOCA LA and Museo Taller Jose Clemente Orozco in Guadalajara, Mexico, presents short films spanning new media, video art and experimental narrative. The films explore Afro-futurist and Afro-surrealist narratives that reflect on current black culture, and feature artists such as Jamilah Sabur, Christopher Harris and Sune Woods.
Past exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster in 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in NY, featuring film, video, new media to explore the effects of natural disasters on Black bodies. Christovale curated Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman in 2016 at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, in celebration of filmmaker, Cheryl Dunye, the first African-American lesbian to direct a feature-length film, and the 20th anniversary of The Watermelon Woman. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary, Christovale also curated A Subtle Likeness (2016), to explore non-traditional archiving and biomythography through performance, photography, collage, video, and sound installation and featuring contemporary artists Ayanah Moor, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Anna Martine Whitehead, and Kandis Williams.
Other exhibitions current projects include baby boy at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, which examines multifaceted Black-American malehood, in the context of two films Baby Boy (2001) and Moonlight (2016) as well as ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, a part of the 28th annual Visual AIDS’ project, A Day With(Out) Art.