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Taylor Bythewood-Porter

Taylor Bythewood-Porter has served as assistant curator at California African American Museum (CAAM) since 2017. She is the curator of the museum’s current exhibition Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture.

Bythewood-Porter co-curated the CAAM exhibitions Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century (2020), The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914 (2019), California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865 (2018), and Los Angeles Freedom Rally, 1963 (2018), and also contributed to How Sweet the Sound: The History of Gospel Music in Los Angeles (2018), Circles and Circuits 1: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora (2017), and Lezley Saar: Salon des Refúse (2017).

Prior to Bythewood-Porter’s appointment at CAAM she served as president and a founding member of SIA Curates, a curatorial organization run through Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University that connects aspiring curators with Claremont’s MFA students to develop yearly exhibitions. Bythewood-Porter is also the recipient of the 2018 Travel Scholarship to attend the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) conference and a participant in the Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive New Orleans 2019.

She holds a Master of Arts in art business with a concentration in contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus on public relations and journalism and a minor in art history from Monmouth University.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My family and friends of course! Especially my dog and cat, Odette and Oliver Twist.
  2. Access to galleries and museums
  3. My cell phone
  4. Streaming services (Netflix, TCM, Pandora, etc.)
  5. Fresh air and sunshine
  6. Self-care Sunday
  7. Black Le Pen and Moleskin
  8. Learning new things
  9. Google (Maps, Calendar, Drive, etc.)
  10. Butternut squash ravioli from Trader Joe’s

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