Roski Talks: Jamillah James

Jamillah James, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Lecture: Curating: What Is It Good For?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Free and open to all

Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S Flower Street at 30th
Los Angeles 90007

Jamillah James is the curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA; formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art). Previously, she was assistant curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and organized exhibitions and programs on behalf of the museum for Art + Practice in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. While at the Hammer, she organized the first solo institutional exhibitions in Los Angeles for Simone Leigh, Alex Da Corte, and Njideka Akunyili-Crosby. Other recent exhibitions include the 15-artist group exhibition A Shape That Stands Up, Two Films by Akosua Adoma OwusuSelections from the Brockman Gallery Archives, and Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla/Stokely Carmichael (with Anne Ellegood) at Art + Practice, and Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 (with Ellegood; curated by The Studio Museum in Harlem) at the Hammer. She assisted Anne Ellegood on the exhibition John Outterbridge: Rag Man at Art + Practice, which travelled to the Aspen Art Museum in July 2016, and Connie Butler on the exhibition and publication Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth

James has held curatorial positions at The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Queens Museum, New York. Since 2004, she has independently organized numerous exhibitions, performances, and screenings in Vancouver, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. Her writing has been featured in publications by the Nasher Museum at Duke University, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), The Studio Museum in Harlem, the performance journal Native Strategies, and in the International Review of African American Art, among others. She has also been a visiting lecturer and critic at numerous art schools and other institutions throughout the country, and taught seminars on curatorial practice and contemporary art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Rhode Island School of Design.