Weisman Museum to Host Free Family Celebration for Spring Exhibition Opening


The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum will host the public preview of its spring 2022 exhibit The Cultivators: Highlights from Kinsey’s African American Art and History Collection on Saturday, January 15, 2022, from noon to 5 pm h.

The opening celebration will include tours of exhibitions, live outdoor music, food trucks and activities for children and families. The Kinsey family will be giving a talk on “The Myth of Absence” at the Smothers Theater at 3pm. The day-long party and parking are both free and open to the general public; prior registration is required.

The day’s performances include music by Jazzy Ash, Masanga Marimba and DJ Monalisa. Guests of all ages will be able to participate in a collaborative art project inspired by Bisa Butler’s quilted artwork.

Guests will also be able to take part in self-guided and guided tours of The Cultivators throughout the day.

Food trucks planned for the event include Billionaire Burger, D Lo’s Kitchen, Wings N ‘Waffles and Happy Ice.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Outdoor stage: Live music

Noon to 3:00 p.m. – Music for the whole family in a range of genres

Noon – Jazzy Ash

1:00 p.m. – Masanga Marimba

2 p.m. – DJ Monalisa

Parking: Food trucks

Noon to 3:00 p.m. – Sample food from some of LA’s best black-owned food trucks, featuring billionaire Burger Boyz, D Lo’s Kitchen, Wings N ‘Waffles and Happy Ice

Weisman Museum: exhibition tours

11 am-5pm – Kinsey Collection exhibition tours

Guided tours with Khalil Kinsey at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Self-guided tours any other time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Court Gregg G. Juarez

11 am-3pm – Artistic activities for all ages

Everyone is invited to participate in creating a community paper quilt inspired by Bisa Butler’s quilted artwork.

Choking Theater

3:00 p.m. – Learn about the art, history and incredible stories behind the works of the Kinsey Collection, with a dynamic multimedia presentation by the Kinsey family

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required inside the Smothers Theater. For more information visit: arts.pepperdine.edu/visit.

Organized by Khalil Kinsey and Larry Earl, The Cultivators features masterful works of art, photographs, rare books, letters and manuscripts that chronicle the achievements and contributions of African Americans over the past five centuries. The exhibition includes some of the iconic items from the collection, which have traveled the world to more than 30 locations over the past 15 years, as well as works that have never been shown publicly before. Marking the first major presentation of the Kinsey Collection in hometown since 2007, The Cultivators will be on display at the Weisman Museum of Art from January 15 to March 27, 2022, and will be accompanied by a comprehensive list of public programs throughout its release. .

Representing the intersection of art and history, the exhibition covers the life, achievements, and art of 16th-century African Americans through the years of slavery and emancipation, to the civil rights and up to the present day. Significant items include deeds of sale, advertisements, letters, and legal documents documenting the slave trade; hand-colored tintype from the Civil War era; Harlem Renaissance art and literature; and articles highlighting key moments in the civil rights movement, which in this presentation relate to the history of the 1963 student protests at Florida A&M University. Bernard and Shirley Kinsey began their journey together at Florida A&M before moving to California, where they both graduated from Pepperdine University and raised a son, Khalil, who is now director of the operation and chief curator of the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection and Foundation.

The Kinseys’ art collection reflects their journey of self-discovery, their respective upbrings and their shared experiences. Discovering new places and ideas through travel shaped their vision of themselves as cultural custodians of Black history and culture, charged with sharing it with the world. The Cultivators traces the history of African American art through more than 30 exemplary works of famous personalities, including Ernie Barnes, John Biggers, Bisa Butler, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert S. Duncanson, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis , Augusta Savage, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Alma Thomas, Charles White and many more.


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