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California African American Museum

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600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
(213) 744-7432 http://www.caamuseum.org

December 2019

CAAM Event Public Event ” Los Angeles District Attorney Forum”

December 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event ” Alliance College Ready”

December 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM: Docent-Led Tours

December 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Docent-Led Tours

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CAAM: MOVE: Dance ’90s

December 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Saturday, November 30, 2019 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  MOVE: Dance ‘90s

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CAAM: Family Workshop

December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  CAAM Makers Fest

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CAAM Private Event ” USC Event”

December 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event “Syncopated Ladies”

December 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM: Animate Space

December 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Animate Space: Syncopated Ladies

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CAAM: Family Workshop

December 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Abstract Metallic

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January 2020

CAAM:Black Collectibles

January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Black memorabilia is one of the most provocative and fastest-growing categories of collecting in America. Assistant curator Taylor Bythewood-Porter and Gail Deculus-Johnson, a collector and the owner of Sable Images, discuss how these controversial and uncensored depictions shaped African American experiences, as well as the value of these objects today.

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CAAM:In Conv. Melvin Edwards+Jill moniz

January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

Pioneering contemporary artist Melvin Edwards joins LA Blacksmith curator jill moniz in a discussion of the artist’s work. Edwards employs metalwork and abstraction to invoke social injustice and the African American experience, as evidenced in his work My Turn to Burn—a response to the 1965 Watts Rebellion—which is currently on display at CAAM.

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CAAM:Docent-led tour

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Every second Saturday, CAAM offers in-depth tours of selected exhibitions. Meet passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council for spirited conversations about the exhibitions Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840–1940 in January

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CAAM: The Afrofuture is Here

January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

The Afrofuturist Podcast’s co-creator and host, Ahmed Best, and panelists discuss ideas, stories, and products that are shaping the future. In conjunction with the exhibition Timothy Washington: Citizen/Ship, hear Lonny J Avi Brooks, co-creator of The Afrofuturist podcast and associate professor of strategic communication at California State University, East Bay, and Anthony Sparks, executive producer, writer, and showrunner of the television series Queen Sugar, explore the cultural aesthetic of Afrofuturism and the latest in black-led tech and media innovations.

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CAAM-MLK Jr. Day Celebration

January 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day immersed in art, culture, and community, and commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. Bring your children for art workshops and food, visit our exhibitions, and hear recitations of King’s speeches about keeping the spirit of democracy alive. Free for everyone!

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CAAM: Reads!

January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Calling all book lovers! Our monthly book club continues this winter with titles that complement our ongoing exhibitions. In January, in conjunction with Timothy Washington: Citizen/Ship, we will read The Water Dancer, the first novel by acclaimed essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates. As part of our programming honoring Black History Month in February, and in conjunction with the exhibition Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840–1940, we will discuss Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by leading cultural critic Roxane Gay.…

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CAAM:Fashion without Prejudice

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

Fashion activism is the practice of using fashion as a means of affecting social change. During the 1992 LA Uprisings, Cross Colours was appreciated for its messages of unity and empowerment. Today, a new generation of designers, influencers, and advocates are embracing the power of fashion. Hear more about the current status of fashion activism from a Cross Colours representative along with SHAVONE., founder of Magic in Her Melanin; Candace Reels, founder of Female Collective; and moderator Cameron Shaw, CAAM’s…

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February 2020

CAAM Private Event ” Board Of Realtist”

February 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM:In Conv. Alison Saar + Jill moniz

February 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

Independent curator jill moniz and renowned sculptor and mixed-media artist Alison Saar discuss the exhibition LA Blacksmith and African diaspora metalwork practices in the 21st century. Saar often covers the bodies of her sculptural subjects in discarded tin ceiling tiles, telling stories about race and resilience through her work with metal.

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CAAM:Docent-led tour

February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Every second Saturday, CAAM offers in-depth tours of selected exhibitions. Meet passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council for a spirited conversation about the exhibition LA Blacksmith.

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CAAM Private Event “Black Aids”

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event ” Bank of America Black History Celebration”

February 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event ” Minority Transportation”

February 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM: Palentine’s Day

February 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Join us for a night of poetry and performance celebrating the saving grace of friendship. Poet Danez Smith marks the publication of their new collection, Homie, with an unprecedented gathering of Angeleno writers and artists. Stay for a DJ set and libations at a Palentine’s after-party. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Eso Won Books.

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CAAM:Free Black Women’s Library

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Join Asha Grant, director of The Free Black Women's Library - Los Angeles, for an afternoon of literature and art in conjunction with Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840–1940. Grant leads an art workshop centered on the book Blues Legacies and Black Feminisms by Angela Davis to explore radical feminism and reclamation of the black female body. For all ages and capabilities.

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CAAM Private Event ” Long Beach Opera”

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM: In Conv. D. Moody + L. George

February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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In conjunction with Dust My Broom: Southern Vernacular from the Permanent Collection, artist Dominique Moody and journalist Lynell George discuss how the legacy of American southern art traditions reflects such themes as spirituality and community.

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CAAM Private Event “LA Supervisor Forum”

February 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM:Men in Fashion

February 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

Fashion is one of the many ways people of all genders express themselves, yet gender stereotypes often diminish the power and play in men’s fashion. Explore the unique experiences and contributions of fashion industry leaders TJ Walker and Carl Jones of Cross Colours, Eric Jones of LFLS Shoes, Michael Ferrera of Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing, and Thrash of Thrash Bespoke. This deep-dive into the world of men’s fashion will cover a wide range of topics, including how the panelists have…

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CAAM Private Event “Smithsonian Channel”

February 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Rental Event ” LA Supervisor Debate/Forum”

February 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM:Animated Space

February 23, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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The Debbie Allen Dance Academy DADA Ensemble performs dances inspired by Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century and Hip Hop music.

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CAAM: Reads!

February 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Calling all book lovers! Our monthly book club continues this winter with titles that complement our ongoing exhibitions. As part of our programming honoring Black History Month in February, and in conjunction with the exhibition Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840–1940, we will discuss Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by leading cultural critic Roxane Gay. See the exhibitions beforehand and come ready to share your ideas.

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CAAM Private Rental Event “Amazon”

February 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event “La Mer Press Conference”

February 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event “Black Business”

February 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event” Harvard Westlake”

February 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Event ” African Dance”

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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March 2020

For Freedoms: Town Hall on Freedom of Speech

March 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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For Freedoms—a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman—partners with CAAM, IDEA (Institute for Diversity & Empowerment at Annenberg), and the University of Southern California’s RAP (Race, Arts, & Placemaking) Initiative to host this Town Hall. Part of the multi-day For Freedoms Congress, the event is curated by Sankofa.org and unites artists and activists to discuss freedom of speech in anticipation of the 2020 Presidential Election.   Power to…

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Imani Uzuri: Revolutionary Choir

March 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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In conjunction with the exhibition Dust My Broom: Southern Vernacular from the Permanent Collection, sing with vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri’s Revolutionary Choir salon, a freedom and protest teach-in of historical and new songs of resistance and resilience. All voices are welcome.    Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Wesley Morris: Does This Cardigan Make Me Look Gay?

March 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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The New York Times critic-at-large and 1619 Project contributor Wesley Morris speaks to the intersection of black American music, fashion, and identity creation. A Q&A follows with CAAM’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Cameron Shaw.    Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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Sweat the Technique: The Politics and Poetics of Hip-Hop

March 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Tyree Boyd-Pates, humanities curator of the Power to the People! festival, discusses Hip-Hop’s role in contemporary activism with Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of African American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; cultural critic, journalist, and activist Bakari Kitwana; and legendary rapper Rakim. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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April 2020

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop! – Cancelled

April 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Opening Celebration  Sula Bermúdez-Silverman: Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER  Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth.   Also on view:  Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century    Come one, come all and enjoy after-hours at the museum for a night of art, history, and culture!   DJ sets by DJ Zuri and Mr. Choc and the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound   Good art, people, and food trucks! FREE…

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CAAM: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop – Cancelled

April 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Docent-Led Tours – Cancelled

April 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Every second Saturday, CAAM offers in-depth tours of selected exhibitions. Meet passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council for spirited conversations about the exhibitions Sula Bermúdez-Silverman: Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl in March, Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection in April, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. in May, and Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER in June.  Cancelled for the months of April & May 2020

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Curatorial Walkthrough of Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection – Cancelled

April 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Tour Sanctuary with exhibition curator Mar Hollingsworth, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager, and learn about the featured artists and issues of agency, visibility, and belonging.    Cancelled for the months of April & May 2020

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Still Life through the Lens Workshop – Cancelled – Moved to Virtual Platform

April 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Many of the artists in Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection use photography to tell their stories. Artist Janna Ireland poses herself in works such as Loveseat or uses carefully chosen objects in a still life to evoke particular meanings. For this workshop, under the guidance of artist Jean-Guerly Petion, arrange and photograph a still life based on objects you bring with you or choose from our supply. No previous experience necessary and any type of camera, including cell…

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CAAM Reads! – Cancelled

April 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Calling all book lovers! Our monthly book club continues with titles that complement our current exhibitions. In March, we’ll cover Tanisha C. Ford’s Dressed in Dreams in conjunction with Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century. April’s selection will be the highly praised Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson celebrating the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. Sarah M. Broom’s National Book Award-winning memoir, The Yellow House, will be discussed in May to complement Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the…

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Pendant Workshop – Cancelled

April 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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The outfits in Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century are often enhanced by accessories echoing the qualities of the Cross Colours clothing line—Afrocentric, empowering, and just so cool. Make your own pendant necklace out of leather, beads, and other materials to accessorize your favorite look. Ages 6 and up. Events are cancelled for months of April and May 2020.  

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In Conversation: Sula Bermúdez-Silverman and Walter Thompson-Hernández – Cancelled – Event moved to a virtual platform

April 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Artist Sula Bermúdez-Silverman and multimedia journalist and curator Walter Thompson-Hernández share their different approaches to using identity as a subject and material in their artistic and curatorial practices. Events are cancelled for the months of April and May 2020. This event is moved to a virtual platform

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May 2020

Feet Prayer: Movement and the Wall of Sound in the Hips of Tina Turner. A Visual Listening Session with DJ Lynnée Denise – Cancelled – Moved to a Virtual Platform

May 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Shared musical experiences are at the center of Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER. In conjunction with the exhibition, DJ and scholar Lynnée Denise creates an evening of music and conversation.  Events are cancelled for the month of May 2020. This event is moved to a virtual platform

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Docent-Led Tours – Cancelled

May 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Every second Saturday, CAAM offers in-depth tours of selected exhibitions. Meet passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council for spirited conversations about the exhibitions Sula Bermúdez-Silverman: Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl in March, Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection in April, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. in May, and Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER in June.  Events are cancelled for month of May 2020.

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Children’s Reading Hour and Workshop – Cancelled – Moved to Virtual Platform

May 9, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a reading session and potted plants workshop. First listen to readings from a selection of beloved children’s books written by black authors. Next it’s time to get your hands in the dirt. You’ll start by decorating a small pot, then learn how to plant and take care of a mini floral tribute for a special person in your life. Events are cancelled for the month of May 2020. This event is moved to a virtual…

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Artist Walkthrough of Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. – Cancelled

May 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Join artist Knowledge Bennett for a walkthrough of the original artworks in Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth., including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video art installations from prominent African American artists.  Events are cancelled for the month of May 2020.

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Curatorial Walkthrough of Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER – Cancelled

May 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Enjoy an afternoon tour of Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER with CAAM Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Cameron Shaw. Learn how Gale uses conceptual art, light, and sound to navigate an understanding of social and political histories.  Events are cancelled for the month of May 2020.

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In Conversation: Carla Jay Harris, Sam Vernon, and Janna Ireland – Cancelled – Moved to Virtual Platform

May 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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This artist-to-artist talk with Carla Jay Harris, Sam Vernon, and Janna Ireland—all featured in Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection—examines the concept of safe space and refuge as it relates to the African American experience.  Events are cancelled for the month of May 2020. This event is moved to a virtual platform.

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CAAM Reads! – Cancelled

May 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Calling all book lovers! Our monthly book club continues with titles that complement our current exhibitions. In March, we’ll cover Tanisha C. Ford’s Dressed in Dreams in conjunction with Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century. April’s selection will be the highly praised Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson celebrating the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. Sarah M. Broom’s National Book Award-winning memoir, The Yellow House, will be discussed in May to complement Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the…

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Self-Care: Yoga – Cancelled – Moved to virtual platform

May 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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In connection with Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection and building sacred spaces, move through a 60-minute yoga flow with yoga and meditation teacher Constance Hartwell. No previous experience necessary. Please bring your own yoga mat and water.  Events are cancelled for the month of May 2020. This event is moved to a virtual platform.

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June 2020

The Art of Griot: The Stories of Black Futurism

June 6, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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In partnership with Designing in Color and centered around Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, explore the West African traditional practices of the griot to celebrate historical and futuristic stories of black America. This call-and-response performative workshop includes spoken word, audio, and visuals. Come ready to be fully engaged and to build a unique sacred space!

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Father’s Day Makers Fest

June 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Join a celebration and makers fest with artists from across the city to appreciate the importance of black fatherhood, family, and support. Kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on activities and crafts led by artists, while parents and caretakers can connect with prominent local organizations centered on supporting father figures.

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KCRW Summer Nights

June 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Let’s welcome the summer and celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month with our friends from KCRW! Enjoy a warm summer night with live sets from KCRW DJs. This special CAAM edition of KCRW Summer Nights features after-hours gallery access, food trucks, and a beer garden—the makings of a great evening of music, art, and culture!

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CAAM Reads!

June 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Calling all book lovers! Our monthly book club continues with titles that complement our current exhibitions. In March, we’ll cover Tanisha C. Ford’s Dressed in Dreams in conjunction with Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century. April’s selection will be the highly praised Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson celebrating the exhibition Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. Sarah M. Broom’s National Book Award-winning memoir, The Yellow House, will be discussed in May to complement Sanctuary: Recent Acquisitions to the…

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June 2021

CAAM Private Renal “Green Pine Media”

June 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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July 2021

In Conversation: Sanford Biggers, Andrea Andersson, and Sergio Bessa

July 8, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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For more than two decades, Los Angeles native Sanford Biggers has been developing a singular body of work that is deeply informed by African American history and traditions. In Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch nearly fifty of the artist’s quilt-based works seamlessly weave together references to contemporary art, urban culture, sacred geometry, and more. Celebrate the opening of the exhibition at this in-person conversation featuring curators Andrea Andersson, Founding Director and Chief Curator, Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, and Sergio…

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Zine Workshop

July 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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In April Bey: Atlantica, the Gilda Region, the artist has layered plants, video, photography, mixed-media paintings, and textiles to tell a story of an imagined world. Using the art form of zines and collage, join Alyssa Olepau, a teaching artist from Able ARTS Work—a nonprofit offering opportunities in the creative arts for people of all abilities—to make a zine that conveys your story. All ages. In person! Masks required.

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August 2021

CAAM Public Program

August 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

Farmers market. approx 550 visitors parking needed.

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September 2021

In Conversation LaToya Ruby Frazier

September 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Yoga @ CAAM

September 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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October 2021

Yoga @ CAAM

October 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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John Jennings and the Visual World of Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch

October 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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John Jennings, a best-selling author, graphic novelist, curator, and professor, is widely known for his graphic novel adaptations of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Kindred. For Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, now on view at CAAM, Jennings collaborated with the artist on an accompanying book and video. Hear Jenning discuss the powerful video and the graphic essay he created for the exhibition catalogue, both of which introduce the layered meanings inherent in the art and craft of quilting that are…

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November 2021

Yoga @ CAAM

November 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Betye Saar Art Box Family Fun

November 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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The Gaze: Barry Jenkins, and Joi McMillon iIn Conversation

November 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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L.A.’s Last Cruze: Community, Labor, and the Auto Industry Shutdown

November 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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December 2021

Rental Private Legacy Home Loans

December 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Kwanzaa Makers Fest

December 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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January 2022

Yoga @ CAAM

January 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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February 2022

Docent-Led Tours: Rights and Rituals

February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
Free

Docent-led tours are back! Every second Saturday, CAAM offers in-depth tours of selected exhibitions. This month meet passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council for a spirited conversation about the exhibition Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture, which closes February 27, 2022.

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Tina Campt/ Troy Michie

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Public Program “Troy”

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Prosperity Market @ CAAM

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
Free

As Black History Month comes to a close, celebrate Black farmers, chefs, and entrepreneurs at the Prosperity Market pop-up at CAAM!  Expect your favorite farmers market goodies like fresh fruits and vegetables, discover delicious prepared foods and handcrafted artisan goods, and enjoy a jammin’ DJ, cooking demonstrations, a kids corner, raffles, and more!

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yoga @ caam

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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March 2022

Docent-Led Tours: The Last Cruze

March 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
Free

Every second Saturday, CAAM offers in-depth tours of selected exhibitions. Meet passionate and knowledgeable members of CAAM’s Volunteer Docent Council for a spirited conversation about the exhibition The Last Cruze.

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Body + Text Exhibition Curatorial Walk Through

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Deborah Roberts “I’m” Catalog Book Signing

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Self Care: Yoga March 2021

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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In Conversation: Mario Moore and Taylor Renee Aldridge

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
$18

On the occasion of Mario Moore's solo exhibition, Enshrined: Presence + Preservation, the largest survey show of his works to date, Mario Moore and the exhibition curator, Taylor Renee Aldridge will be in dialogue around the exhibition.   Bringing together several dozen works from his early career—including paintings from his most recent body of work, The Work of Several Lifetimes (2019), created with the support of Princeton University’s esteemed Hodder Fellowship—Enshrined: Presence + Preservation is Mario Moore’s first solo exhibition…

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Sound Bath: Matthew Thomas Exhibition

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
Free

To celebrate Matthew Thomas' exhibition, Enlightenment, which is deeply informed by Buddhist traditions and desires for equanimity, this program is a participatory one that will feature the healing possibilities of sound baths. Join L.A based healers, Garden of Her LA, as they host a group meditation and sound bath.

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CAAM Private Rental Event “The House”

March 30 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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April 2022

Matthew Thomas: Enlightenment Exhibition Walk Through

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Yoga @ CAAM

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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May 2022

Raised by a Voice: Mothers, Daughters, and Healing through History

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Yoga @ CAAM

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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Curatorial Tour of Matthew Thomas: Enlightenment

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Rental Event ” Black Trade Unions”

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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June 2022

Yoga @ CAAM

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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LA Phil @ CAAM

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Private Rental “Black Women’s Collective”

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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CAAM Farmers Market

June 19 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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July 2022

Yoga and Story Time

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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KCRW Summer Nights @ CAAM

July 22
California African American Museum, 600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
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