Los Angeles exhibitions. ‘Black Lives Matter’ at the Craft & Folk Art Museum.
For the month of January, the courtyard fence of the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) will display the phrase “Black Lives Matter” as a part of the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) project Urban Letters. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” reflects current public conversations surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Ezell Ford, Renisha McBride, and Trayvon Martin. This will be the second iteration of Urban Letters on the Craft & Folk Art Museum’s fence (first one was January 2013). It will be on view starting January 12th.
Urban Letters is a crowdsourced project for people to express thoughts about public space that might otherwise remain unsaid. YBLA collects phrases through its Tumblr page (urbanletters.tumblr.com), which are then transformed into hand-knitted words meant for public intervention. Through Urban Letters, YBLA seeks to galvanize public spaces by imagining the urban landscape not as an environment of built objects, but as an environment created through words, opinions, and ideas.
For the last two years, the Craft & Folk Art Museum’s façade has been a site of temporary installations by local artists. In carving out space for artists outside the confines of the institution walls, the Craft & Folk Art Museum continues to commit itself to art access and far-reaching community engagement.
Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA), a resident organization at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, is a fiber arts community that engages thousands of people online, worldwide, and locally in the Los Angeles area. YBLA currently collaborates with city governments, museums, alternative art spaces, and public spaces to create thought-provoking, community-generated public art installations. YBLA’s work blends and reinterprets different artistic genres of street art, public art, fiber art, social practice, craft, and high art. Its mission is to create a form of community-generated, site-specific public art that is tactile and accessible, while at the same time initiating dialogue about cross-generation connections and craft history. Learn more at