The California African American Museum presents a Courtyard showcase of design-based artwork by students of the Design Area at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Guided by a team of curators and designers invested in the mission of CAAM and the pedagogy of the Design Area at Roski, this first collaborative exhibition presents site-specific projects that incorporate innovative approaches to the use of materials, basic principles of design, layout, craft, community engagement and social practice. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, several USC students will also lead free, hands-on workshops at the museum that will be open to the public. Workshop activities will range from finger-knitting, drawing and paper folding to visual analysis and engagement through educational materials. Some of the works created by visitors during these workshops will be incorporated in the student's artwork, to create an on-going, process-oriented, community-based installation.
Participating USC artists: Cygne Cooper, Tiana Dafesh, Elena Hutchinson, Ariel McCleese, Kimberly Morris, Amber Pietrzyk, Melissa Portillo, Luis Ramirez, Elizabeth Sanders, Christina Scamporrino, Livia Soong, Eileen Tai, Ariel Weaver, and Shelley Xia.
Curators and mentors:
Vida L. Brown, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager, CAAM
Mar Hollingsworth, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager, CAAM
Sherin Guirguis, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts, Roski School of Art and Design
Andrew Kutchera, Lecturer of Design, Roski School of Art and Design
Haven Lin Kirk, Area Head of Design and Associate Professor of the Practice of Design, Roski School of Art and Design
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 12noon - 2pm
CAAM opening reception at the Courtyard and finger-knitting workshop.
Saturdays, March 1, 15 and 29, 2014, - 2pm
Finger-knitting workshops provided by Design by Yarn students.