The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts, Black Studies Project, and SPACES present:


Critical Curation: A Conversation with Erin Christovale and Maori Karmael Holmes

Thursday, October 26, 5-8 PM
Visual Arts Facility Performance Space, UC San Diego
Moderator: Erica Cho, Department of Visual Arts
Respondent: Nicole Miller, Department of Visual Arts

Join us for a talk, screening, and conversation between curators Erin Christovale and Maori Karmael Holmes, as they address Black cinema and art, curation as a critical-creative practice, and the social responsibility of art institutions. The film screening includes:

MANY THOUSANDS GONE (dir. Ephraim Asili, 2014)
AN ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE (dir. Ja’Tovia Gary, 2015)
TO BE FREE (dir. Adepero Oduye, 2017)



Erin Christovale is the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. She is currently organizing the 28th anniversary of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS’ longstanding project, A Day With(Out) Art and Made in L.A. 2018 with Anne Ellegood at the Hammer Museum.


Maori Karmael Holmes is a filmmaker, curator and cultural worker. She is founder of the BlackStar Film Festival (2012-present). She has curated programs in film and performance at Asian Arts Initiative, Barnes Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Lightbox Film Center, Painted Bride Art Center, Pearlstein Gallery, and Swarthmore College, most notably KinoWatt (2011-2012, with co-curator Sara Zia Ebrahimi) and Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2007-2010). She was most recently guest curator for Scribe Video Center’s spring 2017 program and is co-curator for the Flaherty NYC series at Anthology Film Archive this fall with Charlotte Ickes. Since 2016, she has worked as Director of Public Engagement at the ICA in Philadelphia. Her films have screened internationally, including the feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop (Third World Newsreel). Maori studied as a Master’s candidate at CalArts in Costume Design and received her MFA in Film/Media Arts at Temple University.  

Questions? Contact: Erica Cho