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A Conversation with L.A. Artists is the second program in a series of talks with influential California-based artists, established to explore the living legacy of Los Angeles' vibrant contemporary art scene. The artists will speak to their work, process, histories and lives, addressing the significance and specificity of L.A. as a creative context for their work. The event joins these tangentially related though distinct voices for the first time in a public forum.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983) is a Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist. Her large-scale works on paper combine traditional painting techniques with drawing, collage, and printmaking to convey a feeling of aesthetic hybridity. Informed by her own experiences as a transnational expat, the figure dominates throughout Crosby's expressive work as an imposing vehicle for identity and narrative. Crosby is a 2017 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Fellowship.

Charles Gaines (b. 1944) is an established Los Angeles-based artist and an influential educator on faculty at California Institute of the Arts. His conceptually inflected works explore the making of meaning and its socio-political implications through the methodical revelation of systems. His photographs, drawings, performances, and works on paper are as poetic as they are critically analytical. Gaines is the 2018 recipient of the REDCAT award, an honor bestowed to leaders in the field of contemporary art.

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Recommended for ages 16 and up.

The Broad Stage

1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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