Saturday, September 15 | 6–9pm
Tuesday-Sunday | 12pm–6pm or Intermission
REDCAT: Rhode Island-based artist Tony Cokes’ Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique) is an ambitious new multichannel video installation that surveys the past 15 years of his work. Since the mid-1980s, Cokes has employed the medium of video to borrow and sample materials from high and low culture and reveal how race, gender and class are perceived through “representational regimes of image and sound.” Read more
Live performance all week long. Thursday night reception 8-10 pm.
THEATER: This installation by Leah Olbrich (MFA3 Puppetry) seeks transformation. Rather than using the gallery space to display artwork, the artwork IS the space. The space will undergo several reversals, beginning as a white room that is covered in black paper then turned white again over a series of creative tasks (involving the destruction of the black paper) set about by chance.
October 15 - 20, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18, 8pm
Performances will be held throughout the day on October 18:
12pm - A discourse by Chandler McWilliams - Stairs of the Main Gallery
12:30pm - A slide lecture by Heather M. O'Brien - D301 Gallery
9:00pm - A performance by Johanna Reed - Main Gallery
Anne Guro Larsmon
Heather M. O’Brien
Jason Roberts Dobrin
W Don Flores
CalArts, Tatum Lounge
CRITICAL STUDIES: Please join us for the second session of "The Commons" Lecture Series with Gala Porras-Kim.
"The Commons" Lecture Series is a yearlong series of talks, debates, and open discussions with prominent thinkers and artists curated and organized by students of the MA in Aesthetics and Politics, CalArts School of Critical Studies.
Porras-Kim will be presenting her work and research. Her most recent project includes notes that led to the production of the LP Whistling and Language Transfiguration, which uses the tonal qualities of the Zapotec language to translate stories of the Tlacolula Valley in Oaxaca into its whistled form. The artist will discuss objects resulting from her research into the Zapotec culture and politics, its tonal language, and the variations of dialects contained within the region, as well as whistling used as the hidden transcript and a strategy of dissent.
About the artist
Gala Porras-Kim was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from UCLA (2007), MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA; La Central, Bogotá, Colombia; FOXRIVER, Singapore, Singapore; Dobaebacsa HQ, Seoul, Korea, and most recently at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA.
ART: Dino Dinco is an independent curator, filmmaker, theater director and multidisciplinary artist. Dinco recently completed a year long residency at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) as Performance Art Curator (2011 - 2012). He also curated two concurrent annual fundraising events at LACE, GUTTED 2010 AND 2011, in which he focused on how multiple generations of performance artists speak from, about and to the body.
For this series, Dinco will lead an immersive, instructional, hands on workshop. Students will perform an array of actions and "exercises" to think about the intent of constructing performance as well as awareness of the image when making performance. Between exercises, there will be an open dialogue and critique about the experience. Along the way, Dinco also talk about his own experiences with making and curating performance and the modalities of different artists.
MFA Writing Program Visiting Artist Series: 'My Heart is an Idiot': FOUND Magazine's 10th Anniversary Tour, with Davy & Peter Rothbart
CalArts, Butler Building 4
CRITICAL STUDIES: This fall, road warriors Davy and Peter Rothbart are hurtling your way on FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour, which celebrates the release of Davy’s book of personal essays, My Heart is an Idiot, Peter’s new album, and a brand-new issue of FOUND. The Rothbart Brothers are hopping back in the tour van, FOUND treasures in tow, for an epic cross-country romp, with stops in 37 states and 75 cities!
At each exhilarating show, Davy (FOUND’s plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds that’ve landed in the mailbox here at FOUND HQ, plus outrageous tales from his new book and his work on public radio's "This American Life," while Peter (FOUND’s international heartthrob) will dazzle with beautiful, haunting, and hilarious songs based on FOUND notes. Come on out and join us!
Davy Rothbart is the creator of FOUND Magazine, a frequent contributor to This American Life, and author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland, and his work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. His forthcoming book of personal essays is called My Heart is an Idiot, out in September, 2012, from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Los Angeles, California.
Peter Rothbart is an award-winning songwriter, and the frontman for folk/rock group The Poem Adept. His third solo album, First Sun, will be released in fall 2012, and his music was featured in McSweeney's Wholphin DVD and the 2012 documentary film Mister Rogers & Me. He is also an editor at FOUND Magazine, and the executive director of the urban gardening organization We Patch. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
“Davy and Peter Rothbart are utterly engaging performers!”
—The Los Angeles Times
CalArts, Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
DANCE: The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance presents the Student Choice Dance Concert, an evening of work choreographed by MFA and BFA students and curated by the School of Dance students.