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Sunday, April 29, 2018
All Beta Main programs are free.
114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Drawing off the concepts in artist Hennessy Youngman’s (Jayson Musson) talk To Catch A Millennial, artist and educator April Bey explores and dismantles various concepts of self-care in relation to the millennial generation —a group that has been both chastised and celebrated for the use of the term and practice of self-care.
The onslaught of negative articles and online think pieces about the generation have led to the erroneous idea that Millennials get offended easily due to spoiled dispositions and entitled demeanor—but they fail to acknowledge the very real survivalist qualities the generation has assimilated into their daily lives and overall belief in self-care.
During the workshop, Bey will share personal stories of travel, self-care, as well as reclaiming time and space as a black woman working with older generations. Resource lists will be made available, including affordable millennial startup maid services, grocery and dinner delivery services, and spa and health services open to everyone needing to create space for their mental, physical and emotional self-care.
This workshop is open to all and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.
April Bey grew up in the Caribbean (Nassau, Bahamas) and now resides and works in Los Angeles, CA. Bey’s work is interdisciplinary and varies based on its content. The work is an introspective and social critique of American and Bahamian popular culture, immigration, contemporary pop culture feminism and race. She received her BFA in drawing in 2009 from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana studying closely with award winning professor and artist John P. Gee. She received her MFA in painting in 2014 at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles mentored by award winning and accomplished painter and professor Samantha Fields.
Bey travels extensively to collect data for her work having just completed a month-long artist residency in Ghana, West Africa. She plans to continue her travels and research this summer, 2017 back to West Africa visiting Senegal, The Gambia, Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana tracing the wax fabric trading ring.
Bey is both a practicing contemporary artist, art educator and academic having taught a controversial course at Art Center College of Design called Pretty Hurts analyzing process based art and Beyoncé hashtag faux feminism. Bey also has extensive research in generational theory. Bey is currently an instructor of art at Glendale Community College.