CAAM to Debut Chloë Bass Commission on Summer Solstice

Chloë Bass, element of #sky #nofilter: Hindsight for a Future America, 2023. California African American Museum. Photo by Joshua White

The California African American Museum's galleries will be closed May 8 through August 4, 2023, for building upgrades. In the mean time, CAAM will debut a commissioned outdoor sculpture by Chloë Bass on June 21, the summer solstice. #sky #nofilter: Hindsite for a Future America is an immersive "sundial" in which the visitor serves as gnomon, casting a shadow to mark the time of day. Sixteen blue glass panels have phrases inspired by the 2016 election. The work's opening (3-4:30 PM, June 21) will have a performance and talk by the artist, followed by an "outdoor sound bath" by Sol & Sound. CAAM's Taylor Renee Aldridge curates.

Chloë Bass, artist's rendering of #sky #nofilter: Hindsight for a Future America, 2023

CAAM will have a full schedule of fall exhibitions after the galleries reopen August 5. They include a traveling group show, "A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration" (Aug. 5, 2023–Mar. 3, 2024) with works by Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford, Zoë Charlton, Larry W. Cook, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates, Allison Janae Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Robert Pruitt, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, and Carrie Mae Weems. A film by Darol Ole Kae and a project by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh will be featured, along with historical exhibitions on leisure in Black So. Cal. and African Americans in rural California. 

Historical photo from "Black California Dreamin': Claiming Space at America's Leisure Frontier"