Jamillah James is assistant curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In this talk James discusses her formation as a curator, an unorthodox trajectory that includes her time as a student in Chicago, booking live music, and years of independent curating before working within institutions. The talk also covers current projects, such as her work with the Hammer and Art + Practice, an art and social services organization in South Los Angeles.
James recently assisted Hammer chief curator Connie Butler on the exhibition and publication, Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth, and is organizing an exhibition of painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby opening in October 2015, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Her writings have been published in the Hammer’s Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth; several publications for the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the International Review of African American Art.