FX will take guests on “A Gallery Through Time,” a multimedia gallery show inspired by the network’s new original series, Kindred, based on Octavia Butler’s best-selling novel.
The series tells the story of aspiring writer Dana James (Mallori Johnson), who has uprooted her life of familial obligation to relocate to Los Angeles and commence on building a life that feels all her own. But soon after moving into her new home with her partner Kevin Franklin (Micah Stock), she finds herself being pulled back and forth between the present and a nineteenth-century plantation where she learns some unsettling truths about her family.
To mirror that time-traveling experience, FX’s Kindred: A Gallery Through Time will transport viewers between modern day Los Angeles and the nineteenth-century Southern United States.
“With Kindred: A Gallery Through Time, we wanted to create an experience that would honor the genius of Octavia E. Butler’s seminal work and celebrate Black artists working across various media that are telling inspired stories of their own,” said Kenya Hardaway, senior vice president, integrated promotions and multi-platform marketing at FX. “We welcome guests to explore the space where, along with our collaborators, we’ve curated moments that play into themes from Kindred and transport guests through art.”
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.
A 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.
Following the activation, Post & Beam will feature a special pre-fixe menu inspired by FX’s Kindred at its Baldwin Hills restaurant, as well as printed recipe cards. The special menu will be served during dinner service on Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11.
FX’s Kindred: A Gallery Through Time is a free, public gallery installation. Guests must register for a free ticket prior to attending.
The immersive experience – which will be available to view from noon to 4 p.m. PT on Thursday, December 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Friday, December 9 – will be held at Band of Vices at 5351 W. Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Kindred premieres Tuesday, December 13 on Hulu.