(ALSO DEC. 9) Adapted from the celebrated novel Kindred, by Hugo Award-winner Octavia E. Butler, the FX series centers on “Dana James” (Mallori Johnson), a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time. She emerges at a nineteenth-century plantation, a place remarkably and intimately linked with Dana and her family. An interracial romance threads through Dana’s past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind.
To mirror the time-traveling experience of Dana, FX’s Kindred: A Gallery Through Time will transport viewers between modern day Los Angeles and the nineteenth-century Southern United States. Upon entering the gallery space, visitors will begin their journey in the present with a selection of works on view by emerging Black artists and designers. FX collaborated with Band of Vices, a Black-owned art gallery in the heart of the West Adams Arts District, to select eight artists whose work explores themes of Afrofuturism, duality, identity, and time. Artists include Chelle Barbour (chellebarbour.com), Monica Ikegwu (monicaikegwu.com), Paula DeJoie (pauladejoie.com), Tiffany Conway-Cornelius (@projectgetfree), Ron Bass (@iam_ronbass) and Joseph Brandon (@josephbrandonart) who are on display at Sole Folks Art Lab (@solefolks), Upendo of Align Gallery (@align_gallery), and Ronald Jackson (@ronald_jackson_artworks) from the collection of Liza Vassell. The multimedia art presentation will also include a live-plant installation by Amorette Brooms (@queen_losangeles) in collaboration with Kristen Gordon (@kristhetic_) and a selection of handbags by CISE (@cise.store), a Black-owned Los Angeles-based clothing line whose mission is to support the Black community through their creations. Guests of the private event will also experience a live painting from Upendo that will be on display during the gallery’s public hours.
The second room will transport guests back in time to the nineteenth-century Southern United States with lush greenery provided by Queen Los Angeles and a presentation of historic culinary items selected by James Beard Award-nominated restaurant Post & Beam. Displayed on a grand center table in the middle of the room, guests can explore the origins of Southern cuisine with a selection of ingredients and cooking tools.