On Saturday, March 21st, come explore African American print culture with APHA! Denise McIver, research librarian at the California African American Museum, will provide our group with a private viewing of some their rare African Americana. Following the viewing, our car pool will caravan over to The William Grant Still Arts Center where we will view their current exhibit on legendary jazz pioneer Duke Ellington. The exhibit, which focuses on this prolific master composer’s “relationship with documentation and performance,” is scheduled to feature an array of interesting print ephemera such as concert posters, magazines, and album covers. Afterward, we’ll have a chance to enjoy local South L.A. cuisine at Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills.
11:00am @ California African American Museum Research Library
Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
In operation since 1981, the California African American Museum (CAAM) has three sizeable exhibition galleries, a courtyard, a conference center, a research library, and a number of other educational spaces within its facilities. We will be visiting the research library during our visit. The CAAM research library houses an impressive collection of more than 20,000 items on black history which, for the most part, is fully accessible to researchers. CAAM librarian Denise McIver will guide us through a viewing of nineteenth and twentieth century black press literature and ephemera from the CAAM research collection, after which members will be welcome to take a self-guided tour of the museum’s current exhibits. *** Please plan on arriving early as the tour will begin promptly at 11AM. We will meet at the museum entrance. Admission is free. Parking for CAAM is located at W. 39th Street and S. Figueroa Street, and is $10 per vehicle. Car pool is suggested. Click HERE for directions.
1:30pm @ The William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90016
The William Grant Still Arts Center (WGSAC) is named after the late African-American composer of classical music, Dr. William Grant Still (d. 1978). First established in 1977 by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Cunningham and Hakim Ali, the WGSAC has since emerged as both a creative local exhibit space for black history and culture and an educational center for the local community. WGSAC programs include an annual Black Doll Show, the African-American Composers Series in history and music education, and community curated exhibitions. We will be touring the exhibit Love You Madly – A Portrait of Duke Ellington. Here we will get the chance to look at rare ephemera, magazine articles, and concert posters on display from Alden Kimbrough’s collection of Ellingtonia. *** Please note that due to Metro train construction, Crenshaw Blvd. is closed south of Rodeo. We suggest the following route: from the Grant Still Center, head east on Adams to Buckingham. Take a right and head south on Buckingham for about 11 blocks. After crossing MLK, continue for 5 blocks until Santa Rosalia. Turn left on Santa Rosalia and after Marlton, make the first left into Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza. Post & Beam sits by itself near that entrance, next to the Debbie Allen Dance Studio.
3:30pm @ Post & Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008
The comfort of soul food is fused with California seasonality at Post & Beam in the heart of Baldwin Hills, our designated lunch destination for the day. Showcasing the restaurant’s ethos of embracing locally sourced ingredients, Post & Beam utilizes its onsite garden and the South Central Farmers’ Cooperative to create a Southern-inspired menu.
This event is free and open to non-members. RSVP today! RSVP@aphasocal.org