MIXLY Reports: Craft and Folk Art Museum

Last week, the MIXLY team had the chance to take an after-hours tour of one of our new favorite spots – the Craft and Folk Art Museum here in Los Angeles. We came for a look at two specific exhibits, one featuring the work of acclaimed African American artist Sonya Clark, famous for exploring issues of history and identity in the black community through the motif of hair. The second exhibit we had the chance to check out, titled “This Is Not a Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists,” displays work by four Alaskan natives of indigenous descent – Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Susie Silook, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Nicholas Galanin. Their work explores the suppression and appropriation of American Indian culture, biracial identity, and a variety of other important topics. However, as much as those two exhibits spoke to everything we’re all about here, we stayed for the museum’s philosophy and mission both of which are undeniably, for lack of a better word, MIXLY.
 
They, like us, “believe that a peaceful, sustainable world community is possible, and that its possibility begins with the acknowledgement and celebration of our common humanity.” That inspiring message is more than just words in a press release – it’s reflected in the museum’s exhibits. Art that showcases the culture, history, and, indeed, humanity of various peoples illustrates not only how much we all have in common, but also how much we have to share with and learn from each other. In our opinion CAFAM is doing more than any other museum in Los Angeles right now to celebrate diversity and to prepare its visitors for a future that will, with any luck, be as beautifully diverse as the art CAFAM displays.
 
Click through to see more photos from our behind the scenes look at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and to learn more about planning your own visit to the site!
 

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If you want to see the museum and its impressive collection in person, they’re open Tuesday through Thursday 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday through Sunday 12 pm and 6 pm. Their address is 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 and the price of admission is a deeply worthwhile $7.00 – less if you’re a student, senior, or veteran.

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