600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037
Mar 27, 10 AM - 5 PM — ends May 09, 2021
Summer 2020 - Winter 2021

For Nikita Gale’s first solo museum exhibition, the Los Angeles-based artist takes the common, shared experience of music concerts as a starting point for questioning more abstract ideas of spectacle, desire, and refusal. Gale’s research-based practice frequently centers on readily available objects and ubiquitous consumer technologies assembled in unexpected ways. In the installation at CAAM, theatrical lighting trusses are transformed into sculpture, and programmed lights “dance” to an unheard soundtrack of music by Tina Turner, an icon the artist has been referencing for over six years. By isolating the visual language of live performance in the gallery and separating it from the expectation of audio, Gale creates an uncanny experience that serves as a meditation on the limits of the body, the demands of celebrity, and silence as a political position.

Nikita Gale: PRIVATE DANCER is curated by Cameron Shaw, Executive Director, CAAM.

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CAAM Notice Regarding COVID-19 - March 16, 2021

Since Los Angeles County has entered the Red Tier, the California African American Museum (CAAM) will reopen to the public soon (exact date to be determined).

Five exhibitions will be on display, most of which will be available for in-person visits for the first time.

Please note: In response to COVID-19, numerous new precautions will be in place, including:

- Admission remains free, but reservations will be required. The reservation system will be available here on our website in the near future.
- Capacity is set at 50 visitors/hour, per public health and government standards.
- Masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are required.
- No large bags.
- For the foreseeable future public programs will remain online, as they have been for the past year.
- We will provide specifics on our opening date, reservation information, and complete precaution details as soon as possible; we look forward to seeing you at CAAM!