“A Woman’s Place…”
September 23 – November 18 2017
Saturday, September 23, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 Sout West View Street, Los Angeles 90016
DJ Sets by
(KPFK, One Track Mind)
(ZONK! , Chez Les Yé-Yé)
“A Woman’s Place…” brings together the life, work, stories, and archives of five women of color—whose lives expand upon the notion of what it is to be an educator serving community of all ages through approaching education via traditional and non-traditional means, while each maintaining a dedication to radical social change and grassroots education and a pedagogy derived from love as the root of their approaches.
The exhibit will explore the life-work of Angela Davis, Ericka Huggins, Yuri Kochiyama, Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, and Jewel Thais-Williams, some of whom taught formally in classroom settings and all have built a legacy as educators through action in and of community, furthering their pedagogical approaches spreading political ideas via community organizing, journalism, writing, and taking on mentees.
The general public may be familiar with renowned advocate, educator, scholar, public speaker and activist Angela Davis, but those outside of activism may be unaware of Ericka Huggins, an educator, Black Panther Party member, former political prisoner, ally and poet. The Black LGBT community may know of Jewel Thais-Williams as the owner of The Catch nightclub, but her work with Minority AIDS Project and Village Health Foundation has lasting impact outside of the club. Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez began her life-long career in building multi-racial solidarity through her work with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the mid-1960s, later going on to found in New Mexico a bilingual (Español/English) newspaper growing out of the Chicano movement, authored and edited numerous historical books and co-organized multiracial justice organizations. Yuri Kochiyama, known and revered by all of the women, beyond her iconic photo in Life magazine holding Malcolm X after his assassination, was a second-generation Japanese American born and raised in San Pedro who was impacted by her family’s internment during the Second World War and was further politicized by her work and friendship with Malcolm X, as well as her activism in many other social justice movements.
This original exhibit is being curated by Amitis Motevalli, Artist and Director of the William Grant Still Arts Center of Los Angeles and will feature archives, ephemera, art work, installations, performances and dialogues. Motevalli says, “Through the exhibit, we hope to inspire new generations of women of color to approach their lives in the framework of this lineage. An aspect of the exhibition will also invite selected allied women artists of color to create work inspired by the archives and transformative work of these radical pedagogists.”
Artists, collectors and collectives contributing to the exhibitions are:
Asiya Farah Mir
DJ Lynnée Denise
Tessa Koning Martinez
Greg Morozumi and Eastside Arts Alliance
Audee Kochiyama- Holman
Alden and Mary Kimbrough
C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan
and more to be announced!
Program Events and Activities
September 23 to November 18, 2016
Saturday, September 23, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Workshops and Events
October 7, 2-6 PM
#SNATCHPOWER, “Fight in Heels” screening,
Performance by F.U.P.U.
October 11, 7-9 PM (FREE)
Screening – Mountains that Take Wing:
Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama
By C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan
October 21, 2-4 PM (FREE)
The Club as a Classroom:
Conversation with Jewel Thais-Williams and Lynnee Denise
November 4, 1-4 PM (FREE)
We Are Who We Are Waiting For
Workshop with Ericka Huggins
Limited Space, RSVP required call WGSAC for more info
More to be announced!
Tuesdays – Saturdays, Noon to 5:00 PM