A Conversation with Naima Keith
Deputy Director of Exhibits & Programs, California African American Museum
Tuesday, April 4
6:00 to 8:00 pm
104 East 25th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10010
Join us for hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and a conversation with special guest Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the California African American Museum. Hosted by Nigel Freeman, Director of African-American Fine Art at Swann Galleries.
On View: African American Fine Art
Lot 112: Alvin D. Loving Jr., Untitled, acrylic diptych on shaped canvas, 1968. Estimate $80,000 to $120,000.
Naima J. Keith joined the California African American Museum (CAAM) in 2016 as the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs to guide the curatorial and education departments as well as oversee marketing and communications. During her tenure at CAAM, Naima has curated exhibitions highlighting the work of Kenyatta Hinkle, Genevieve Gaignard and Hank Willis Thomas.
As an Associate Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, her notable exhibitions include retrospectives of Rodney McMillan and Samuel Levi Jones, as well as Artists in Residence 2014-2015 (2015), and more going back to 2012. Her historical survey, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974 - 1989 (2014), traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, in spring 2015 and was nominated in 2014 for a "Best Monographic Museum Show in New York" award by the International Association of Art Critics. Between 2008 and 2011, Naima worked as a Curatorial Fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, serving as the primary contact for the groundbreaking exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, organized by guest curator Kellie Jones. She has lectured at museums and institutions across the country, and her essays have been featured in numerous publications. Naima is a proud native of Los Angeles.
Nigel Freeman is the director of the African-American Fine Art department at Swann Auction Galleries. He opened the department in the fall of 2006, and since then has set numerous auction records for important African-American artists, including John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Charles White and Hale Woodruff. Many of these were the result of significant institutional purchases. Swann Galleries is the only major auction house with a department dedicated to African-American Fine Art.
Nigel entered the auction world in 1997 with a background in fine art as a painter and printmaker after earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art from Brown University in 1989. Previously, Nigel was the associate director of Swann’s Prints & Drawings department.
Lot 102: David Hammons, Untitled (Double Body Print Collage), pigment and ink with collage, 1976. Estimate $200,000 to $300,000.
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