Charles White, I Have a Dream, 1976

Charles White, I Have a Dream, 1976, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cirrus Editions Archive, purchased with funds provided by the Director's Roundtable, and gift of Cirrus Editions, © The Charles White Archives, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Ways to Engage with Charles White at LACMA—April Edition

April 2, 2019
Ashley Harris, Marketing Manager

This spring, LACMA presents the West Coast premiere of Charles White: A Retrospective (through June 9, 2019), the first major exhibition of the artist Charles White (1918–1979) in over 30 years. A concurrent and complementary exhibition, Life Model: Charles White and His Students (through September 15, 2019) is on view at LACMA’s satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School, formerly Otis Art Institute.

A Free Limited-Edition Charles White TAP Card

LACMA has partnered with Metro to produce a limited-edition TAP Card featuring “I Have a Dream,” one of the artworks currently on view in Charles White: A Retrospective. The cards will be distributed exclusively by LACMA, free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Get your Charles White TAP Card beginning Saturday, April 20, at 10 am. Quantities are limited. First come, first served. Questions? Email us at

Related April Programming at Charles White Elementary School, 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Participate in an art-making workshop for all ages, led by local artists and art educators on Saturday, April 6, 2:30 to 4 pm. Free and open to the public. See full schedule.

Join Luis Serrano, a former student of Charles White for a walkthrough of Life Model: Charles White and His Students and learn about White's impact as a teacher. This event is free and open to the public on Saturday, April 20, at 2 pm.

Related April Programming at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Celebrate Charles White’s 101st birthday on Tuesday, April 2, by joining artist and Charles White’s son, C. Ian White and artist Richard Wyatt, Jr. for a walkthrough of Charles White: A Retrospective at 6:30 pm. Reservations for this event are no longer available in advance but a standby line will form at 6 pm outside the Resnick Pavilion on the day of this event.

Inspired by the exhibition, four-time Grammy Award nominee Gerald Clayton and his quintet will perform a special concert on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 pm in LACMA’s Bing Theater, presenting the program "White Cities," paying tribute to Charles White and the life he lived, along with the cities that shaped his historic career. Get tickets.

On Sunday, April 7, at 1 pm Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks, assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Lehman College of CUNY and a curator for The Racial Imaginary Institute, will explore how artists Charles White and Gordon Parks informed each other's practice. Both White and Parks came of age in Chicago during the city’s Black Renaissance, and both were interested in documenting the life of people and the human condition. Free and open to the public.

LACMA Members are invited to view Charles White: A Retrospective following a lecture providing an overview of the artist’s work on Saturday, April 20, at 9:30 am. Not a member? Join now to take advantage of exclusive events like this.

We will share additional Charles White programs in the coming weeks. For the latest information on exhibitions and events, visit