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