California African American Museum Names Cameron Shaw Deputy Director and Chief Curator

California African American Museum Names Cameron Shaw Deputy Director and Chief Curator

The California African American Museum (CAAM) announced that curator, writer, and editor Cameron Shaw has been appointed as its new deputy director and chief curator. The Los Angeles native most recently served as executive director of the Pelican Bomb, a New Orleans–based nonprofit dedicated to contemporary art that she cofounded in 2011. She succeeds Naima J. Keith, who stepped down to join the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as vice president of education and public programs earlier this year.“On behalf of our board of directors and staff, we are delighted to welcome Cameron Shaw to CAAM,” said George O. Davis, CAMM’s executive director. “Her deep commitments to contemporary art and visual culture, as well as community engagement, will greatly benefit our institution as we continue to present thoughtful exhibitions and dynamic public programs that examine African American art, history, and culture in the West.”Among Shaw’s recent curatorial projects are “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” (2017–18), a citywide initiative developed with the Los Angeles–based duo Fallen Fruit; “Queer Tropics” (2017–18), a thematic exhibition that looked to constructed ideas of the tropics to examine the intersections of aesthetics, landscape, and feelings of otherness; and “Mutual Support” (2017), a show that highlighted artists whose practices engage issues of mental health and wellness and that included a publicly accessible pop-up wellness center created in partnership with artists and healing professionals.Commenting on her role, she said: “Growing up in this city, with multigenerational family roots in South Los Angeles, it’s an honor to join CAAM at this unique moment in its history. CAAM presents a powerful platform to build new scholarship and public experiences around the contributions of African Americans to the cultural life of this city, state, country, and the world.”
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