Current Exhibits

As a celebration of Culver City's Centennial in 2017, the themes of the poetry readings and the Centennial Contest are focused on Culver City's history and the many wonderful things we all love about Culver City.

Come help us celebrate Culver City's Centennial
by joining us at the final reading and award presentation
at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum
4130 Overland Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
There is free parking in lots both North and South of the Museum



THE MOVIE POSTERS & EARLY WORKS OF ART SIMS FINAL SALE ALL MOVIE POSTERS $1000 ALL FINE ART $5,000 Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum Sunday, August 7th, 2:00 PM 2016  Bring Cash or Cashier Check to Purchase Art Work

Please Call To RSVP 310 821-1775.

Fine Art sales proceeds will be donated to The Mayme A Clayton Library & Museum



(Los Angeles, CA) – Renown Artist/Graphic Designer Art Sims will have a museum exhibition final sale of all movie posters and fine artwork from his early years, his incredible work of his most famous movie posters design for Spike Lee titled The Movie Posters & Early Works of Art Sims Final Sale August 7th 2pm” The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum 4130 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.


The Art Sims Fine Art Collection are all for sale for one-time only during the exhibition. Once the Art Sims exhibition closes the fine art will not be for sale ever again. All of the artwork is original pieces. There are no copies and a letter of authenticity from Art Sims will provided with the purchase of the artwork.


The exhibit includes some of the famous posters Sims designed, including: Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Bamboozled, Red Tails as well as the comprehensive layouts, photography and notes, logotype ideas that made these the most famous film posters in the world. Most importantly, Sims is debuting pieces from his early years in Detroit, Michigan to his college years at Michigan State University.


About Art Sims and 11:24 Design

With his multicultural team, Sims has worked with some of Hollywood's top filmmakers, including George Lucas, Spike Lee, Jon Kilik, The Hughes Brothers, Steven Spielberg, and Abel Ferrera.  He created the indelible images seen for print ad campaigns of numerous famous films, including Red Tails, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, King Of New York, Love & Basketball, Clockers, When the Levees Broke to Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple.


About Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum

The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum (MCLM) is home to the Mayme Agnew Clayton Collection of African-American History and Culture. The collection contains over two million rare books, films, documents, photographs, artifacts, and works of art related to the history and culture of African Americans in the United States, with a special focus on Southern California and the American West. The collection is one of the most important collections chronicling the history and culture of Americans of African descendent in the United States of America.


Mayme A. Clayton, Ph.D. (1923-2006) founded MCLM in 1975 as the Western States Black Research Center (WSBRC). Dr. Clayton, a university librarian, collector, and historian, believed that preserving and sharing the scattered and often neglected history of Americans of African descent was vitally important for current and future generations. Working independently for over 40 years, Dr. Clayton meticulously amassed a collection characterized as "one of the finest collections of African-American literature, manuscripts, films, and ephemera in private hands.  " "


Tennis Anyone?

Celebrating Sixty Years of African-Americans in Professional Tennis

Reception: Saturday, August 13th @ 1:PM

From Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson to the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. African-Americans have been a powerful force in the world of tennis.  In addition to these Grand Slam Champions, players such as: Zina Garrison, James Blake, MaliVai Washington, Lori McNeil, Leslie Allen and others have also excelled in the professional ranks.  The Clayton Museum will present a collection of photographs and graphics from 1956 to the present capturing the pros in action, and documenting the tennis world's changes from the early days of proper tennis whites and wooden racquets to today's flashy multi-colored apparel and metal racquets.

"Tennis Anyone?"  - Exhibit Curator: Victor Villegas photographer, longtime tennis enthusiast and player, presents a photographic history of African-American Tennis Players.

Guest speaker will be Ronita Elder, a passionate tennis coach and a community activist. Ronita played on the United States Tennis Association Satellite Circuit, served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Southern California Tennis Association, and is the founder and executive director of "Sports Explorer," a non-profit organization that promotes tennis, health! and nutrition for youth and their communities.  

Admission is FREE!

At The Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum

4130 Overland Avenue Culver City, CA 90230

(310) 202-1647