THE BROAD AND X-TRA BRING TOGETHER ARTISTS, CRITICS AND EDUCATORS TO EXPLORE JOSEPH BEUYS     The Broad’s Un-Private Collection Series to Feature Edgar Arceneaux, Simone Leigh, Steven Nelson, Lynne Tillman and Kerry Tribe Examining the Legacy of Joseph Beuys on Contemporary Art and Culture    LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Broad today announced a new three-part iteration of its highly popular Un-Private Collection series, which will explore the legacy of German-born artist Joseph Beuys in relation to contemporary art practice. The Broad collection includes more than 500 Beuys multiples—one of the most complete collections of his multiples in the world and an important resource for Los Angeles. In addition to this new series, The Broad will dedicate one of its 2018 Summer Happenings to Beuys and the Fluxus art practice in music and performance. The Un-Private Collection series is made possible in part by the generous support of Leading Partner East West Bank.  Widely regarded as a major figure of the German postwar avant-garde, Beuys explored the concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy through his diverse body of work, which included traditional media such as drawing, painting and sculpture, to time-based "action" art, installation art and performance art. Beuys viewed art as a vehicle for social change, and throughout his career, he was a vital voice on a wide range of subjects including political, environmental, social and cultural trends.  The Broad has partnered with the quarterly contemporary art journal X-TRA, whose mission is to provoke critical dialogue about contemporary art, to curate the series. Each program will highlight a theme central to Beuys, and invites contemporary artists to discuss their work and ideas through that lens.  “Beuys understood that debate and teaching were crucial facets of his art practice, and that artists play a central role in driving public discourse on issues facing society. Inspired by his practice and activism, this new series of Un-Private Collection conversations brings together artists, educators and critics to explore their respective creative practices, and to reassess and reframe key themes within Beuys’ work for contemporary times,” said Ed Patuto, director of audience engagement. “In addition, the series includes a workshop led by Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux that will address the themes of effectivity and social practice aimed at developing better financial models for artists and art professionals working both inside and outside the commercial art market and art institutions. Arceneaux’s proposition for organizing artists follows in the footsteps of Beuys’ social and political activism.”  The Broad is proud to feature artist Simone Leigh, a Hugo Boss Prize 2018 nominee and recipient of a 2018 visual arts grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in the first conversation, scheduled for Thursday, February 22. Leigh's diverse practice incorporates sculpture, video and installation, all informed by her ongoing exploration of black female subjectivity and ethnography. Leigh and art historian Steven Nelson, director of UCLA’s African Studies Center and professor of African and African-American art history, will question the themes of spiritualism and mysticism associated with Beuys’ work. Beuys was often characterized as a shaman. His objects were created from a precise set of materials, such as fat and felt, and were the result of ritualistic “actions” (or performances) and imbued with symbolic meaning and his private mythology. Leigh’s work may also appear to have mystical allusions: her research-driven practice draws from folklore and traditional religious practices spanning the Caribbean, Africa, and the American South. Shana Lutker, a Los Angeles artist and co-organizer of this series for X-TRA, and independent curator Diana Nawi will provide introductions.  Writer Lynne Tillman, who is currently professor/writer-in-resident in the department of English at the University at Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts' Art Criticism and Writing MFA program, will join Los Angeles visual artist Kerry Tribe, whose work in film, video and installation focuses on the mechanics of representation and its metaphoric potential and engagement with reality, for a discussion on lies and myths for the second program of the series on Thursday, May 17. Beuys is a controversial figure in art history, in large part because of his constructed biography: Beuys often recanted his dramatic origin story, a swirl of truth and lies, contributing to his mythic stature. In their work, Tillman and Tribe both investigate the construction of narrative and knowledge. This conversation will explore the ways that Beuys, Tillman and Tribe each raise questions about how identity shapes public reception and perception. The conversation will be moderated by Lutker.  Los Angeles artist  Edgar Arceneaux , who co-founded the Watts House Project, a nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment organization in Watts, will lead the workshop on effectivity and social practice on Saturday, September 22, with an introduction by Daniel Spaulding, a Beuys scholar and art historian.  Tickets to each program are $15 and will take place in the Oculus Hall at The Broad. Full program details are available at  www.thebroad.org/programs .   The Un-Private Collection is The Broad’s ongoing series of public programs launched in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s postwar and contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay, and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad, and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are livestreamed and full videos of past talks are available online at http://bit.ly/Un-PrivateCollection.
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

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THE BROAD AND X-TRA BRING TOGETHER ARTISTS, CRITICS AND EDUCATORS TO EXPLORE JOSEPH BEUYS

The Broad’s Un-Private Collection Series to Feature Edgar Arceneaux, Simone Leigh, Steven Nelson, Lynne Tillman and Kerry Tribe Examining the Legacy of Joseph Beuys on Contemporary Art and Culture

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Broad today announced a new three-part iteration of its highly popular Un-Private Collection series, which will explore the legacy of German-born artist Joseph Beuys in relation to contemporary art practice. The Broad collection includes more than 500 Beuys multiples—one of the most complete collections of his multiples in the world and an important resource for Los Angeles. In addition to this new series, The Broad will dedicate one of its 2018 Summer Happenings to Beuys and the Fluxus art practice in music and performance. The Un-Private Collection series is made possible in part by the generous support of Leading Partner East West Bank.

Widely regarded as a major figure of the German postwar avant-garde, Beuys explored the concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy through his diverse body of work, which included traditional media such as drawing, painting and sculpture, to time-based "action" art, installation art and performance art. Beuys viewed art as a vehicle for social change, and throughout his career, he was a vital voice on a wide range of subjects including political, environmental, social and cultural trends.

The Broad has partnered with the quarterly contemporary art journal X-TRA, whose mission is to provoke critical dialogue about contemporary art, to curate the series. Each program will highlight a theme central to Beuys, and invites contemporary artists to discuss their work and ideas through that lens.

“Beuys understood that debate and teaching were crucial facets of his art practice, and that artists play a central role in driving public discourse on issues facing society. Inspired by his practice and activism, this new series of Un-Private Collection conversations brings together artists, educators and critics to explore their respective creative practices, and to reassess and reframe key themes within Beuys’ work for contemporary times,” said Ed Patuto, director of audience engagement. “In addition, the series includes a workshop led by Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux that will address the themes of effectivity and social practice aimed at developing better financial models for artists and art professionals working both inside and outside the commercial art market and art institutions. Arceneaux’s proposition for organizing artists follows in the footsteps of Beuys’ social and political activism.”

The Broad is proud to feature artist Simone Leigh, a Hugo Boss Prize 2018 nominee and recipient of a 2018 visual arts grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in the first conversation, scheduled for Thursday, February 22. Leigh's diverse practice incorporates sculpture, video and installation, all informed by her ongoing exploration of black female subjectivity and ethnography. Leigh and art historian Steven Nelson, director of UCLA’s African Studies Center and professor of African and African-American art history, will question the themes of spiritualism and mysticism associated with Beuys’ work. Beuys was often characterized as a shaman. His objects were created from a precise set of materials, such as fat and felt, and were the result of ritualistic “actions” (or performances) and imbued with symbolic meaning and his private mythology. Leigh’s work may also appear to have mystical allusions: her research-driven practice draws from folklore and traditional religious practices spanning the Caribbean, Africa, and the American South. Shana Lutker, a Los Angeles artist and co-organizer of this series for X-TRA, and independent curator Diana Nawi will provide introductions.

Writer Lynne Tillman, who is currently professor/writer-in-resident in the department of English at the University at Albany and teaches at the School of Visual Arts' Art Criticism and Writing MFA program, will join Los Angeles visual artist Kerry Tribe, whose work in film, video and installation focuses on the mechanics of representation and its metaphoric potential and engagement with reality, for a discussion on lies and myths for the second program of the series on Thursday, May 17. Beuys is a controversial figure in art history, in large part because of his constructed biography: Beuys often recanted his dramatic origin story, a swirl of truth and lies, contributing to his mythic stature. In their work, Tillman and Tribe both investigate the construction of narrative and knowledge. This conversation will explore the ways that Beuys, Tillman and Tribe each raise questions about how identity shapes public reception and perception. The conversation will be moderated by Lutker.

Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux, who co-founded the Watts House Project, a nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment organization in Watts, will lead the workshop on effectivity and social practice on Saturday, September 22, with an introduction by Daniel Spaulding, a Beuys scholar and art historian.

Tickets to each program are $15 and will take place in the Oculus Hall at The Broad. Full program details are available at www.thebroad.org/programs.

 The Un-Private Collection is The Broad’s ongoing series of public programs launched in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s postwar and contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay, and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad, and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are livestreamed and full videos of past talks are available online at http://bit.ly/Un-PrivateCollection.

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K.A.M.P (Kids Art Museum Project)
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

K.A.M.P (Kids Art Museum Project)

K.A.M.P. is a unique family fundraiser that provides kids of all ages the chance to be creative with Los Angeles-based artists. Each year, local artists host hands-on art workshops throughout the museum. K.A.M.P. artists come from a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, architecture, design, music, and more. In addition to these workshops, we celebrate reading with Story Time, featuring celebrity guests reading their favorite children’s books. 

Proceeds from K.A.M.P. provide essential support to Hammer Kids programming, which serves over 60,000 children and families annually.

If you would like more information about K.A.M.P., or would like to support this one-of-a-kind event, please contact us at kamp@hammer.ucla.edu or call 310-443-7043.

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Edgar Arceneaux - Until, Until, Until... Screening
Apr
3
12:00 PM12:00

Edgar Arceneaux - Until, Until, Until... Screening

 

Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972 in Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles. He was the director of the Watts House Project from 1999-2012. Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the List Museum at MIT, Cambridge; Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; Kunstmuseum Basel; the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and in group exhibitions at Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Orange County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, amongst others. Upcoming exhibitions are at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and The Baltic Center, England.

 

Edgar Arceneaux’s first live work, Until, Until, Until…, investigates the infamous 1981 performance of Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan's inaugural celebration.

 

Intended as an homage to vaudevillian Bert Williams—America’s first mainstream black entertainer—the final 5 minutes of the performance were censored for the television audience, causing Vereen’s biting commentary on the history of segregation and racist stereotypes in performance to be lost on viewers at home. Until, Until, Until… is based on the footage that never aired that night. Arceneaux’s commission, a mise-en-scène of the inaugural party, foregrounds the past, illuminating the enduring presence and impact of history in the present. The piece questions the truth of past narratives, and creates an opportunity to reconsider our collective understanding of historic events. The performance immerses the audience in the scenery of the presidential celebration, where the relationships between past and present, experience and memory, and fantasy and reality are blurred as they are filtered through time and the television screen.

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Edgar Arceneaux - Artist Conversation
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Edgar Arceneaux - Artist Conversation

YBCA presents an evening of lively conversation between two longtime friends and collaborators, artist Edgar Arceneaux and art historian Julian Myers-Szupinska.

Venturing far beyond mere observation or criticism of the works presented in the exhibition, they will discuss the nature of their artist-historian collaboration and deliver a fresh look at their shared world of art. Using as a point of departure a small but charged set of historical and popular archival images, film clips, writings, and music, they will share their insights on the ideas and themes embedded in these objects and ephemera.

 

Regular Admission: $10

10% off admission for seniors, students, and teachers, non-profit employees, KQED members, public transit riders, and library card holders.

FREE for same-day film or performance ticket holders, children 5 and under, and military service members with ID.

First Tuesdays of the month: Free admission.

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Edgar Arceneaux - Beyond Entertainment
Mar
10
to Apr 8

Edgar Arceneaux - Beyond Entertainment

Free entry

Artists living in Los Angeles, Edgar Arceneaux and his collaborator Kurt Forman, offer to create short films on the model 
of Hulk Alter You! (2012), produced by Beyond Entertainment, a mashup of movie clips questioning popular entertainment and
 its political and social nuances. Thanks to several workstations dedicated to the various stages of the realization,
 everyone is involved in the work of video creation, from scenario to staging. From excerpts of famous feature films mixed
 with videos shot by workshop participants, build new scenarios, plagiarizing modes of advertising and questioning social 
standards, identity and community issues to create a unique dialogue between the participants and the two artists, between 
France and the United States. One foot at Studio 13/16 and you are already in the USA.

An artist talk will be held on March 8, 2018 at 9:00Am 

On April 8, the films made during this workshop will be screened in Cinema 1 (2:30 pm). In partnership with France 
Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX) and Mona Bismarck American Center (Paris).
Continuous reception
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Until, Until, Until...Live Performance at YBCA
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Until, Until, Until...Live Performance at YBCA

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*Private performance Thu, Feb 22.
Exclusive to members at the Curator’s Circle level and above, and invited guests. For information about this evening, please contact Emily Lakin in YBCA’s Development Department at 415.321.1320.

 

Regular Admission: $20 advance / $25 at the door

Student, Senior, Teacher: 10% off
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.

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Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal
Jan
20
to Mar 29

Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal

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The people have spoken. They have put it in writing. They have created manifestos.

Pitzer College Art Galleries has collected these works and put them on display in Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, an exhibition of the ideas, wishes and demands of scores of citizens with something to say and a need to be heard. It is our current climate of discord that created Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal. It was conceived to give these citizens a soapbox and to amplify their voices.

These voices are many. These voices belong to inmates at sun-baked correctional facilities in Southern California and to cloistered scholars at elite colleges. These voices express the ideas of professional writers, self-taught artists and developmentally disabled students. Their broad variety of concerns were harvested by a team of varied volunteers—Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Việt Lê, Ultra Red, Carlin Wing and Jenny Yurshansky—who collected manifestos that are printed on paper, painted on canvas, formed in neon, shot on video and carved in wood. MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal is a multitude of opinions hung densely, floor-to-ceiling, in sections that reflect the numerous themes that include immigration, ableism, race, resistance, religion and gentrification.

MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal opens on January 20, 2018, and runs through March 29, 2018, at the Pitzer College Art Galleries in Claremont, CA. Pitzer College is one of the highly ranked and nationally admired Claremont Colleges that share contiguous campuses in eastern Los Angeles County. A symposium discussing many of the issues raised by the exhibition will take place on March 23, 2018.

Funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal was conceived as an outlet for ideas and proposals for the healing of discord in our society and improvement of conditions for all citizens. With the public sphere embroiled in a seemingly intractable contest of us-versus-them so virulent that it has filtered down to a neighbor-vs-neighbor antagonism, it is essential that we reexamine just who we are and what we stand for. MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal has joined the conversation.

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 Praxis X: Performing the Mediated Body
Jan
16
to Jan 19

Praxis X: Performing the Mediated Body

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Praxis X: Performing the Mediated Body

PRAXIS is a series of exhibitions and monthly conversations with media artists, curated by PhD students in the Division of Media Arts + Practice. The program brings together members of LA’s experimental media and design community to engage in a discourse about future cinema and design practice at the edges of the field. This month’s PRAXIS will feature artists:

Edgar Arceneaux
Julia Heyward
Perry Hoberman
Dawn Stoppiello

 

Exhibition: January 16-19, 10am-8pm
Artist Talks: January 18, 6:30pm (reception to follow)
Location: SCI Building (Exhibition in SCI Lobby, Talks in SCI 106 Theatre), USC School of Cinematic Arts, 3470 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

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Into Act!on
Jan
13
to Jan 21

Into Act!on

"Artists help us make sense of the world around us. They help us challenge injustice, question what we accept as normal, manifest new futures and inspire us into action. When artists and activists come together, when creativity and organizing combine, lasting answers emerge."

INTO ACTION is a large scale pop-up art exhibition, cultural gathering and community organizing action hub in Los Angeles featuring hundreds of inspiring works of art. INTO ACTION will also house dozens of professionally crafted installations by world-renowned artists, as well as over 25 hours of live performances, symposiums/panels, and workshops.

Over the course of a week, that includes Martin Luther King Day, the anniversary of the Inauguration of President Trump, and the commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, INTO ACTION brings together hundreds of our nation’s most prolific and talented visual artists, young activists, musicians, poets, policymakers and community leaders to face the pain and beauty of the year past, while we plan and organize for the year to come.

INTO ACTION is FREE and open to the public. Please check the calendar page for the gallery address and full gallery hours. We encourage you to come visit us in person or follow the live streams on our social media accounts.

The INTO ACTION exhibition and event space is designed specifically to welcome all of our beautiful brothers and sisters. In addition to fully accessible facilities, the space features male, female and gender-neutral restrooms. For those who would like a tour conducted via ASL, please email us at info@into-action.us to schedule an appointment.

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NPN/VAN Annual Conference
Dec
15
12:00 PM12:00

NPN/VAN Annual Conference

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NPN/VAN’s Annual Conference is a dynamic international forum for artists, arts leaders, activists, organizers, funders, and others to develop a more artist-centered, just, and sustainable performing and visual arts field. Read and learn more about NPN/VAN at: npnweb.org

 

More About NPN: 

In alignment with NPN/VAN’s commitment to creating an arts sector rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism, or other bias. Our hope is that all Annual Conference participants – whether leading a discussion, performing/presenting work, or simply attending – both honor and accept a shared commitment to this ethic, and join us in a spirit of openness, learning, and respect.

At this year’s convening, we look forward to deepening our connections to the local artist community by focusing our Live & On Stage performances on work by local artists and companies, making off-site visits to art spaces and studios in San Francisco and the East Bay, and exploring the Bay Area’s vibrancy, challenges, and resilience through the lens of art and activism.

In addition, we’ve included more opportunities for local and national artists to share their work, for NPN/VAN Partners to exchange ideas and projects with each other, and for colleagues, funders, presenters, and artists to develop relationships, strategies, and inspiration together.

We are honored to recognize this year our NPN/VAN Partner hosts around the Bay – Youth Speaks (San Francisco), La Peña (Berkeley), and MACLA (San Jose); our Live & On Stage host — Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and dozens of Bay Area artists, arts leaders, activists, and community organizers on our Local Host Committee. Join us this December 14-17!

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Edgar Arceneaux
Dec
1
to Mar 25

Edgar Arceneaux

Regular Admission: $10

10% off admission for seniors, students, and teachers, non-profit employees, KQED members, public transit riders, and library card holders.

FREE for same-day film or performance ticket holders, children 5 and under, and military service members with ID.

First Tuesdays of the month: Free admission.

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EDGAR ARCENEAUX Until, Until, Until…
Oct
20
to Jan 21

EDGAR ARCENEAUX Until, Until, Until…

Until, Until, Until… is a look back at Broadway legend Ben Vereen’s controversial performance at Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration in 1981. At this event, Vereen staged a musical number in homage to the trailblasing vaudeville performer Bert Williams who, because of racist laws dictating who could appear on stage, always performed in ‘blackface’ makeup.

For his performance, Vereen also donned ‘blackface’ to access the vulnerability and reality of Williams’ legacy. Unfortunately, the television audience never saw the second half of Vereen’s performance, where the actor attended to the issue of race and blackface in Williams’ own words. The incomplete broadcast triggered a devastating backlash amongst Vereen’s audience and followers and completely derailed his career.

Until Until Until… re-stages Vereen’s original performance in its entirety. Both a celebration of Vereen’s performance and a powerful re-visitation of an important historical event, the work reflects on the power of the media, its ability to manipulate reality, and the devastating consequences for the public. .

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ALTERNATIVE FACTS
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

ALTERNATIVE FACTS

The upheaval of the 2016 Presidential Election and the Brexit referendum revealed a fractured society. With social discourse atomized via political antagonism and personalized news feeds, common discourse is in peril. However, the disintegration of the mainstream amplifies voices which were once marginalized. The participants in this discussion explore different versions of history, ways of existing in America today, and possibilities for the future. 
 

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Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Sculpture unveiling with Edgar Arceneaux

New sculpture will celebrate the civil rights battles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5:00-6:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Level 1
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is excited to unveil a new sculpture by the artist Edgar Arceneaux. The artwork, titled “The Crystal Paradox,” will be a permanent installation in the atrium of the College of Law building.

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Films by Kevin Jerome Everson and Edgar Arceneaux
Aug
22
to Oct 26

Films by Kevin Jerome Everson and Edgar Arceneaux

This program showcases the film and video work of Everson and Edgar Arceneaux. Each is an artist with a distinct practice that demonstrates a multivalent concern for modalities of art, race, black visual and expressive culture, performance, and historiography. They each produce richly textured work that considers the rigorous capacity of art to suspend, refabulate, and disrupt the writing of history and the vast range of meanings attributed to blackness.

Michael B. Gillespie

 

FILMS IN THIS SCREENING

A Time to Break Silence

Edgar Arceneaux, United States, 2013

 

Until, Until, Until . . .

Edgar Arceneaux, United States, 2016

 

Link to event and tickets:  http://bampfa.org/event/films-kevin-jerome-everson-and-edgar-arceneaux

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Jun
2
to Jun 4

Until, Until, Until... The Live Play by Edgar Arceneaux

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DESCRIPTION

Edgar Arceneaux’s first live work, Until, Until, Until…, investigates the infamous 1981 performance of Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan's inaugural celebration.

Intended as an homage to vaudevillian Bert Williams—America’s first mainstream black entertainer—the final 5 minutes of the performance were censored for the television audience, causing Vereen’s biting commentary on the history of segregation and racist stereotypes in performance to be lost on viewers at home.Until, Until, Until… is based on the footage that never aired that night. Arceneaux’s commission, a mise-en-scène of the inaugural party, foregrounds the past, illuminating the enduring presence and impact of history in the present. The piece questions the truth of past narratives, and creates an opportunity to reconsider our collective understanding of historic events. The performance immerses the audience in the scenery of the presidential celebration, where the relationships between past and present, experience and memory, and fantasy and reality are blurred as they are filtered through time and the television screen.

Frank Lawson stars as Ben Vereen in this highly anticipated Los Angeles Premier. Winner of Performa's Malcolm McLaren Award and praised in The New Yorker magazine, Lawsons performance in Until... has been hailed by viewers and critics from New York, Boston to Los Angeles.

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Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

On Black Lies, Fake News, Algorithms and Social Media

On Black Lies, Fake News, Algorithms and Social Media will use the Library of Black Lies as a platform to discuss the use of social media, fake news, and algorithms to manipulate the opinions and actions of the masses. This is a open discussion, opinionated are welcomed. 

Artist Edgar Arceneaux will be in discussion with Mark C. Marino, writer and scholar of electronic literature living in Los Angeles.  Mark teaches writing at USC where he Directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab (http://haccslab.com). The talk will be moderated by Main Museum Director Allison Agsten. 

Mark C. Marino is a writer and scholar of digital literature living in Los Angeles who recently taught a 3-week course in Fake News for UnderAcademy College. His creative works include “Living Will,” “a show of hands,” and  “Marginalia in the Library of Babel.” He was one of ten co-authors of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (http://10print.org) (MIT 2013) and was a collaborator with Jessica  Pressman and Jeremy Douglass on Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone's Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (Iowa Press 2015). Mark is currently working with his two children on a series of interactive children's stories, entitled Mrs. Wobbles and the Tangerine House.

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Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Film: Edgar Arceneaux, Until, Until, Until...A Counter Inaugural Event

7:30 pm | Fri, January 20, 2017

Free and open to the public

Edgar Arcenaux’s film Until, Until, Until... (2015–16) is presented as a cautionary yet uplifting tale of a courageous artist speaking truth to power at an inaugural ball for Ronald Reagan in 1981. Ben Vereen performed in blackface, as a tribute to vaudeville legend Bert Williams, in front of thousands of guests as a heartfelt and subversive political action in hopes of positively affecting Reagan's economic policies. Vereen's performance was censored that night, leaving the performance misunderstood and derailing his life and career. 

Until, Until, Until... will present Ben Vereen's full performance more than 30 years later, on inauguration night. Arceneaux intends the screening of his film to be a platform for Los Angeles’s diverse community to commune, speak, and be heard.

The screening lasts one hour, and will be followed by a Q&A with Arceneaux.

LACMA | Bing Theater
Free and open to the public
 

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Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Until, Until, Until... Film Premier at Ray Stark Theater at USC

Friends and Fam, 
I will present the world-premiere screening of the FILM of my play Until, Until, Until... If you missed it in NYC last November. So excited to bringing the work back to LA. Its one night only so get your tickets now!

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free. Reservations required.
RSVP at visionsandvoices.usc.

Until, Until, Until ... investigates Broadway legend Ben Vereen’s infamous 1981 performance at Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration. Intended as an homage to vaudevillian Bert Williams—America’s first mainstream black entertainer—the final five minutes of the performance were censored for the television audience, causing Vereen’s biting commentary on racism and segregation to be lost on viewers at home. Based on the footage that never aired that night, the film raises important questions about truth, history, and collective memory. Until is a commission by Performa.

Adrienne Edwards Esa V. Nickle Frank Lawson Nataki Garrett Myers Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh

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