Jonah Elijah, South Central Tension, 2022, Oil on canvas, 72 x 56 inches, 182.88 x 142.24 cm.

Jonah Elijah in conversation with Taylor Bythewood-Porter. Wilding Cran Gallery

Taylor Bythewood-Porter has served as assistant curator at California African American Museum (CAAM) since 2017. She is the curator of Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture (2021). During her tenure she has contributed to several exhibitions including California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865 (2018), Making Mammy: A Caricature of Black Womanhood, 1840–1940 (2019), and Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century (2019). She holds a Master of Arts in art business with a concentration in contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus on public relations and journalism and a minor in art history from Monmouth University.

Jonah Elijah received his BA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at San Antonio, 2017. Since receiving his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2020, his studio practice has progressed through residencies, such as Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) where he created his Virginia series, works on paper that respond to the center’s historical land in the foothills of Blueridge Mountains, Amherst, VA, which are simultaneously focused on Black exploitation and Black liberation. His most recent residency was based in Queens, NY at Deli Grocery, followed by his first solo exhibition with the gallery titled ABOVE BELOW CENTER (ABC), featuring works focused on highlighting dimensions of everyday Black life. Elijah continues to push his work forward with guest artist lectures at institutions such as Western Michigan University, Hood College and Claremont Graduate University.

Installation: Lauren Elder The Muse and the Simurgh

Porter. Wilding Cran Gallery

1700 S Santa Fe Ave #460, Los Angeles, CA 90021, United States

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