CalArts, Cafe A
STUDENT AFFAIRS: A bible study.
Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation: Different Kinds of Water Pouring Into a Swimming Pool
Andrés Jaque, "Different Kinds of Water Pouring Into a Swimming Pool (Geoffrey & David Hockney)," 2013. Architectural drawing. Courtesy of the artist.
REDCAT: Opening: Saturday, September 21 | 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: 6 pm
In an interview with Orson Welles in 1964 about the witch-hunt being carried out against Hollywood celebrities during the McCarthy-era, the filmmaker pointed out a strange paradox: while many people during the Second World War had betrayed their friends to save their own lives, in the golden-age of Hollywood, people did it to save their swimming pools. Far from downplaying Orson Welles’ observation, it is nonetheless interesting how these aquatic scenarios and backyard gardens have always been seen as something superficial, destroyers of social cooperation and enemies of the political.
In this first solo project by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation in Los Angeles, the architect prepares an exhibition, with a series of architectural case studies based in the city of L.A., in which he problematizes the importance of such cases as places of socialization and community, leaving behind the stereotypes that characterize them as disconnected spaces, symbols of ultra-individuality and comfort.
For Andrés Jaque, it is in these interior spaces where decisions are made, the heterogeneity that underlies the garden city is casually discussed, and the conflicts and negotiations of domestic space are established. These are almost invisible architectures, hidden between palapas and high hedges, conceived from the rhythms of the human body and its daily choreography. In that sense, Andrés Jaque understands his work in a way that is very similar to performance art that since the 70s has focused on the body and its relationship to its surroundings, as the main site of artistic practice. This is a dynamic architecture, one that is in constant tension, and that prioritizes its performative quality to engage daily transformations and conflicts.
In the architect’s installation, the body is present through its absence, and the performative quality is represented symbolically by water—one of the main actors in the Californian backyard gardens. It is not arbitrary that this exhibition takes its name from David Hockney’s drawing, "Different Kinds of Waters Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Santa Monica," 1965, made during his first years in the city. Fascinated by the way people in Los Angeles used water to help shape their private gardens into social spaces, the painting shows a series of simple pipes pouring water into a swimming pool that can’t be seen. Although the material quality of water is elusive, its representation reaches a quasi-architectural dimension, without losing its ephemeral and dynamic aspect. As such, each waterfall becomes an exclusive portrait of a common situation. This might read as a metaphor for the everyday stories that the great narratives of urbanism have left out, but these are certainly places where certain forms of citizenship and interaction essential to architectural processes occur.
The exhibition Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool is accompanied with a small publication by the same name that features an essay by the architect, further discussing the ideas presented in the gallery.
Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation was founded in Madrid in 2005. This architecture office explores the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices.
They are authors of reference buildings including Plasencia Clergy House, awarded with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize and finalist of the VIII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo; House in Never Never Land, finalist of FAD Awards and Mies van der Rohe European Award. Recently, the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) acquired IKEA Disobedients as the first architectural performance piece to be included in its collection. In 2012, they presented their intervention PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Their work has been featured in Gwangju Biennale, 2011, and the Biennale di Venezia 2010.
Andrés Jaque has been Tessenow Stipendiat in Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS, and he is now professor at GSAPP Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York.
Welcome to Radar L.A. 2013, your chance to immerse yourself in a world of contemporary theater. We’ve gathered some of the most influential companies from around the globe alongside innovative Los Angeles artists to highlight vibrant interdisciplinary approaches and new forms of theatrical expression.
Taken together, the 18 productions and numerous ancillary events that the festival offers are a rare opportunity—or, as the Los Angeles Times described the first Radar L.A. festival, “a glorious convergence.” Over the span of the festival, you’ll encounter visionary artists and unforgettable works of theater.
We hope you’ll make the most of it, so we are offering a five-event Flex Pass for $75, which makes admission only $15 for most events. With so many theaters in walking distance, you can easily use up your pass in a day!
The festival centers on the extraordinary work of the featured artists, but the experience doesn’t stop once you’ve left the theater. Join artists and fellow theater-lovers each night in the REDCAT Lounge, the late night festival hub where the conversation continues.
From Historic Broadway to Malibu, from UCLA to Culver City and Bunker Hill, theater in Los Angeles will be the talk of the town. We hope that you will be a part of the glorious convergence that is Radar L.A.!
CalArts, Tatum Lounge
MUSIC: Informal beginning of the year concert featuring all of the CalArts Jazz Ensembles.
MUSIC: The Percussion Program presents visiting artist Alessandra Belloni, as part of the Percussion Workshop
CalArts, The Bijou Theater
CHARLOTTE PRYCE will present W.H. HUDSON'S REMARKABLE ARGENTINE ORNITHOLOGY (A lantern performance) and other 16mm films.
W.H. HUDSON'S REMARKABLE ARGENTINE ORNITHOLOGY (Lantern performance, 15 minutes, 2013)
W. H. Hudson's Remarkable Argentine Ornithology is a live performance utilizing authentic refurbished Magic Lanterns with hand made lantern slides. The piece appears to relate the tale of famed naturalist W.H. Hudson's spell-binding recollection of birds seen as a child, from the pampas of his native Argentina, yet hidden with in the exotic views and extraordinary plumage are speculations of a less flighty nature.
CONCERNING FLIGHT (16mm, 8.5min., Color/Sound, 2004)
A kinematographic film comprised of five brief fictions in which is explored the mystery of insect flight. Interpretations of a mythological and fantastical nature illuminated in motion and time.
DISCOVERIES ON THE FOREST FLOOR 1-3 (16mm, 4min, Color/Silent, 2007)
Three Miniature, Illuminated, Heliographic studies of plants, observed and imagined. The individual titles of the films are: 1) Burnt Umber/ pale ochre/ Burnt Umber. 2) The Talk of Lichen on a Lonely Day. 3) Those whose Attachment to the Earth is but Tentative.
THE PARABLE OF THE TULIP PAINTER AND THE FLY (16mm, 3.5min, Color/Silent, 2008)
An intoxicating flower; a metaphorical insect; a longing reach across the centuries. The film is a philosophical search drenched in luminous colors and sparkling light. Having grown the beautiful tulip, I fell deeply under its spell - an affliction shared by an artist from another time and place - yet the dilemma we faced was shared: to fall for such luxurious and temporary beauty raised a fear (a reminder – a fly) of the transience of life.
CURIOUS LIGHT (16mm, 4min., Color/Silent, 2011)
A manuscript illuminated: illustrations retreat into the fiber of the page; a fleeting light dissolves into the emulsion of the film: an elusive story is revisited.
LOOKING GLASS INSECTS (16mm, 4min., Monochrome, 2013)
Looking Glass Insects takes its title from chapter three of Through the Looking Glass and its classic original illustrations by John Tenniel. Delighting in the act and play of observation the film finds a visual metaphor for the cinematic process in the antics of the original story; making use of magnifying glasses as an optical pun, pointing to the instruments used by both entomologists and filmmakers alike. Yet the insects of the story fade away, just as the observations that appear in the film’s magnifying glass dissolve into darkness when tilted to reflect the “natural” world beyond the book.
A STUDY IN NATURAL MAGIC (16mm, 3min., color, , 2013)
Witness an alchemist’s spell: the transmutation of light into substance: a glimpse of gold.
Charlotte Pryce explores proto-cinematic structures of reverie: juxtaposing the real and the imagined to create deeply saturated, fleeting illuminations that hover on the periphery of vision. Her work is infused with an optical and photochemical consciousness that delights in catoptric playfulness and paradox. Charlotte has been making films and optical objects since 1986 and her works have screened throughout the world. She has taught experimental film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art (San Francisco), Kent Institute of Design (Canterbury, England), and is currently a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles). She is a graduate of the Slade School of Art, University College London (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).
ART: The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series welcomes Amirali Ghasemi.
Amirali Ghasemi is a Tehran-born artist, graphic designer and curator. He graduated in 2004 with a BA in Graphic Design from Central Tehran Azad University, with an emphasis on research in digital art history. In 1998, Ghasemi founded *Parkingallery*, an independent project space in Tehran. In 2002, he set up Parkingallery.com, an online platform for young Iranian artists. Ghasemi has shown his photographs, videos and design works in various festivals and exhibitions internationally. He has won several prizes and recognition. As a curator, he has directed many exhibitions, workshops, and talks for Parkingallery projects, such as Deep Depression (2004-06), Sideways (2008). He has co-curated The Urban Jealousy, the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (2008-09) and four editions of Limited Access Festival for Video and Performance (2007-13). He has been involved in a variety of projects for institutions, project spaces and universities in Germany, the Netherlands, Serbia, UK, Egypt, Turkey, United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Sweden, China and India.
He has been a guest lecturer at UdK-Berlin, Konstfack-Stockholm, Malmo Academy of Arts, Ohio State University, Delfina Foundation - London and ICI New York.
Ghasemi has been a member of Charivari Circus Collective since 2010 and often co-organises exhibitions parallel with the festival’s busy days in Berlin and elsewhere.
He was selected as the guest curator for the CCBRUGGE- Belgium in 2010 and curated "The Elephant in the Dark", the Iranian contemporary art collection, at DEVI ART FOUNDATION-India in 2012.
Along with his independently curated programs like "The invisible present" (Brazil, USA), he recently guest programmed a video art section for the Rotterdam Film Festival and Goteborg Film Festival in Jan- Feb 2013.
Ghasemi works with photography, video, installation and interactive projects, besides writing on the local arts scene and contemporary Iranian art for various magazines and on his own art-log. IRAN&CO is an ongoing research project he initiated, as a multi-layered exhibition and archive of Iranian art representations beyond its border.
ART: Karl Haendel was born in New York in 1976. He received a BA in Art History and Art Semiotics from Brown University in 1998. He participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York in 1999 and in 2000 briefly studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He then received his MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003. Haendel's meticulously hand-rendered, photorealistic graphite drawings reproduce images culled from the world of mass media and everyday objects, calling into question art world conceptions of originality, production and reproduction. The artist arranges his drawings in salon-style installations to foster powerful juxtapositions of references, often specifically quoting American culture. He directly infers mechanical reproduction in his drawings of newspaper clippings like Untitled (Doggy Gas Mask) (2001) and Winnie Mandela Tribe (2003).
CalArts, Clarks Field
THEATER: Fundraising carwash (disco themed) to raise money for the graduating acting class to take their showcase to New York.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: The Jazz Program presents visiting artist Roberta Piket, as part of the Jazz Forum.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Music concert that includes piano, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, oboe, bassoon, amplified bass, amplified voices and a simple, portable piece of scenic design.
Exclusivity of Space and the Artist's Responsibility - A Look into the Dismantling of the American Ideology at the Center of Racist Practice
CalArts, Main Gallery
INSTITUTE: Award-Winning Performance Poet
Will be at CalArts on Thursday, October 10, 2013
speaking about "The Exclusivity of Space" and more...
This guest artist talk is supported by the Provost's office of Equity and Diversity and the Intercultural Arts Project (ICAP).
Roger Bonair-Agard is his own revolution... —Patricia Smith
Dubbed by Thomas Lux as "a poet of blue lightning and white hot passions," Roger Bonair-Agard is a veteran of the spoken-word scene and a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion. He is the author of Tarnish and Masquerade (Rattapallax, 2007) and co-author of Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2000). His most recent book of poems is GULLY (Cypher Books, 2010). A new book, Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books), is due out in May 2013. Roger moved to the United States from his native Trinidad and Tobago in 1987. Intending to begin university and eventually pursue law, Roger found himself instead exploring the seediest sides of New York City life. From Harlem to Brooklyn to Washington Heights, his poems explore the intersection between his twenty plus years as an immigrant in America and the Trinidad from which he came.
Roger has appeared three times on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and on the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour amongst other television and numerous radio appearances. For the last ten years he has worked with the youth at Urban Word in New York City, and for the last seven with the youth at Volume in Ann Arbor and Poetry Youth Organizations in Seattle, San Francisco, and the Adirondack Valley, NY. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the LouderARTS Project in New York. He has also been Adjunct Professor in the Creative Writing Department at Fordham University. Currently Roger is writer-in-residence with Vision Into Art, and Poet In Residence with Young Chicago Authors. He teaches poetry at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, IL.
Roger is also a Cave Canem fellow and has studied under Yusef Komunyakaa, Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, Toi Derricotte, and Patricia Smith. He has lead countless workshops and lectures, and has performed his poetry at many American universities as well as international festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Milan, and Jamaica.
CalArts, Cafe A
INSTITUTE: Student council meeting, joint council.
ART: The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series welcomes Ruth Estevez, REDCAT gallery director and curator.
Estevez hails from Spain and is based in Mexico City. She served as chief curator of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil in Mexico from 2007 to 2011. Estevez also co-founded LIGA – Space for Architecture, an organization devoted to contemporary architecture in Latin America.
Estevez said in a statement that she was drawn to REDCAT's "interdisciplinary mission-- theater arts and dance have always been key references for my curatorial practice, along with architectural notions of spatiality. I plan to explore in a provocative way the encounters and connections between these disciplines."
MUSIC: Concert of rock, punk, folk and experimental CalArts acts.
MUSIC: The Jazz Program presents Claudia Quintet, as part of the Jazz Forum.
REDCAT: FEATURING JIM BLACK, TIM LEFEBVRE, CHRIS SPEED TRIO & JOHN HOLLENBECK AND THE CLAUDIA QUINTET
Co-presented with The Jazz Bakery as part of Angel City Jazz Festival
The world premiere of the trio of Jim Black on drums, Tim Lefebvre on bass, and Chris Speed on saxophone opens this concert and brings together three of the most exciting and innovative improvisers of our time.
The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz since their founding in the late 1990s. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck always wanted Claudia to be a ‘band’ with a sound not only determined by the compositions and the instrumentation, but by the players who perform the music. Over the last 16 years the exceptional artistry and individuality of each musician has been skillfully revealed through Hollenbeck’s stunning original compositions.
John Hollenbeck – drums, percussion
Chris Speed – reeds
Matt Moran – vibes
Red Wierenga – accordion
Chris Tordini – bass
FREE PRE-CONCERT PANEL DISCUSSION INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION
"Metamorphosis: New Technologies in Jazz and Jazz Journalism"
Jazz musicians and journalists have experienced both boons and challenges in the age of new technology. Music journalist Greg Burk moderates a multidisciplinary panel co-sponsored by the Jazz Journalists Association.
CalArts, The Wild Beast and Mark Taper Courtyard
MUSIC: An exhilarating journey through familiar and evocatively new soundscapes of the seasons from different locations in the globe. We start in Italy with some of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, though this performance puts the familiar in a new light. Re-imagining the seasons' sounds continues in Buenos Aires with world-renowned tangos by Piazzolla, and nature soundscapes collected and composed upon in Vermont by Malcolm Goldstein. The concert closes with a visceral and intensely virtuosic performance tribute to the anniversary year of the shocking Rite of Spring: Stravinsky's masterpiece that caused a public riot at its first performance 100 years ago, slimmed down to a wind quintet, piano and percussion.
Copyright 1960, 1996 Sony Pictures Releasing Italia S.r.l. and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"Clouzot made his name as a daring iconoclast through a series of hugely influential, often controversial, films." —Harvard Film Archive
REDCAT: Jack H. Skirball Series
In conversation with the joint exhibitions La Fin de la Nuit at Palais de Tokyo in Paris and The End of the Night at LACE in Los Angeles, this panel discussion on the controversial French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot and his contribution to the aesthetics of the 1960s centers around a screening of his intriguing film, La Vérité (1960 Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film). A showcase for the alluring physical presence of the biggest French star of the time, Brigitte Bardot—who transforms from pouting sex kitten to grand tragedienne—La Vérité is loosely inspired by a notorious “crime of passion” case. With his stern and masterful direction of Bardot, Clouzot creates another unforgettable, yet contradictory, sexual icon for the Swinging Sixties.
In person: Martha Kirszenbaum, Bérénice Reynaud, Janet Bergstrom, William E. Jones and Christine Wertheim
35mm print courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Curated by Martha Kirszenbaum and Bérénice Reynaud.
ART: In this lecture, Andrew Norman Wilson will weave together several recent works into a lecture that engages with matter, matters of concern, and things excluded from mattering (in an effort to make them matter).
Andrew Norman Wilson has screened work at the Images Festival in Toronto, the San Francisco Cinematheque, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, UCLA, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He has participated in group exhibitions in Palazzo Peckham at the 55th Venice Biennale, Betonsalon in Paris, Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, and Carroll / Fletcher in London, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Eastern Bloc Centre in Montreal, Givon Gallery in Tel Aviv, the Young Artist Biennial in Bucharest, and Yaff o 23 in Jerusalem. He has performed and lectured at threewalls Gallery in Chicago, Hyperallergic Headquarters in New York, the Academy of Fine Arts, Finland, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Verbindingen/Jonctions 13 in [Brussels Brussells, Belgium], the ZERO1 Biennial, and the Banff Centre. Solo exhibitions include Document in Chicago, threewalls in Chicago, American Medium in New York, Reed College in Portland, Oregon, extra extra in Philadelphia, and Art Metropole in Toronto. He is a 2011 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA fellowship and the Edward Ryerson Fellowship, and a 2012 recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Project grant. He was a 2013 artist in residence at Impakt in Utrecht and a 2012 resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His work has been featured in Aperture, Artforum, DIS Magazine, Tank Magazine, Rhizome, and more.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: 1st Set: From a Folio (seven pieces for cello and piano)
2nd Set: Selected compositions for trio--Brian Walsh, D. Stein, M.J. Fink
3rd Set: Trio improvisations with Andrew Young, Michael Dey, M. Fink
ART: Zoe Crosher was born in 1975 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Crosher uses photography as a starting point to examine the fiction of documentary and thearchive, provoking an ambiguity that highlights the strategies and structures of fantasyas much as they expose anything concrete. Through re-photography and ever evolving iterations, Crosher pursues an image based practice that is conceptual in orientation yet rooted in vernacular representation. In addition to exhibiting, she makes publication scentered around her practice. Out the Window (LAX), examines space and transience around the Los Angeles airport, & a recently published four-volume book series created with Aperture Ideas examines her most recent work, The Michelle duBois Project. Crosher has served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and Art Center College of Design, and was Associate Editor of the journal Afterall after receiving her MFA from CalArts. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Art Here and Now Award by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is a recent recipient of the Rauschenberg award. Her work has been included in MoMA’s 2012 New Photography exhibition as well as extensive exhibitions throughout the United States. She is represented by Perry Rubenstein Gallery.
CalArts, Butler Building 2
THEATER: We Are Proud to Present...
by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Nataki Garrett
When a group of actors are commissioned to create a presentation about the first little known genocide in South West Africa, the optimistic troupe of actors—three black and three white—discover that their own experiences and deep-rooted bigotry surface as the project develops. They realize that the story must begin within themselves. One of the New York Times' Top 10 Plays of 2012, We Are Proud to Present… "is innovative, fast-paced, funny, and a wholly unique take on race, empathy, and the devastating consequences of our best intentions." Presented as an Actor's Workshop Performance in Butler Building II, Directed by Faculty Member Nataki Garrett.
Run Time: Approximately ninety minutes, without an intermission.
CalArts, Main Gallery
INSTITUTE: DJ, open mic event open to the Institute.
INSTITUTE: CalArts Weekend will host over 200 friends and family of current students to give them a taste of the CalArts life.
CalArts, School of Art Galleries
ART: The MFA 2 students display their artwork in 4' x 4' modules.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: A bouncy, high-energy revue of large alumni dance bands drawing from a range of CalArts programs and influences: African drumming and dance, Balkan rhythms and soul, and American funk, soul and RnB. The evening starts with the Sogo Takeover, a 12-piece Afrobeat orchestra that fuses collective improvisation with irresistible dance rhythms, big as a Mack truck and twice as loud. John Macy & The Heavy Hand kicks out heavy grooves in a modern rhythm & blues style. They touch the hearts and get bodies moving through emotional love songs and burning up-tempo jams. The Heavy Hand's repertoire contains everything from soulful, original compositions to Hitsville USA and Stax Records classics. The evening ends with Orkestar MÉZÉ, Southern California's premier original Balkan brass band. A raucous, joyous show where fans of all ages and walks of life dance to the band's trademark groovy peasant funk, original high-energy electro-acoustic brass sound mixing American funk, soul and jazz with traditional Bulgarian and Balkan music.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Join us as current CalArts bands come together for an afternoon show during CalArts Weekend! Concert includes Man & The Smells, Bird Concerns, The Arielle Deem Band and Hanadeer.
D300 Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
D301 Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
L-Shape Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
Main Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
A402 Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
Lime Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
Mint Gallery: MFA Mid-Residency Exhibition
CalArts, Outside Tatum Lounge
THEATER: Costumes hanging on racks displayed for selection, sold to students and staff for minimal prices. Costume students are clerks.
CalArts, Main Gallery, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall
Wadada Leo Smith Retirement Concert
MUSIC: A special retirement concert featuring excerpts from Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers collection. Performed by the legendary Golden Quartet with special guests, including a video presentation by Jesse Gilbert. W. Leo Smith was voted Down Beat Magazine's Composer of the Year in 2013. Read more about the event on 24700.
Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet
Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
Anthony Davis, piano
John Lindberg, bass
Anthony Brown, drums
Pacifica Red Coral
Shalini Vijayan, violin
Mona Tian, violin
Andrew Macintosh, viola
Ashley Walters, cello
Alison Bjorkedal, harp
Lynn Vartan, percussion
Jesse Gilbert, video artist
Open Rehearsals for the concert are held on:
- Monday, Oct. 21, at Noon in A300
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Noon in R.O.D.
Panel Discussion: Emancipatory Aesthetics
The concert will be accompanied by a panel discussion on:
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 pm in Wild Beast
The event features guest speaker Anthony Davis Anthony Davis (UCSD, composer of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X), Charles Gaines (School of Art), Douglas Kearney (School of Critical Studies) and Wadada Leo Smith.
When on rare occasion luck and open-mindedness let us behold a whole new language of music unfolding, an unexpected and transforming musical intelligence blooming, we can revel in being both stopped in our tracks and simultaneously rocketed through yet unheard dimensions of imagination.
To deeply experience the musical world of Wadada Leo Smith is to live that kind of inspiration. Beginning in the 1960s and throughout his career as a performer-composer, Smith constructed and refined a unique approach to musical composition and improvisation, developing entirely original systems of notation and musical practice that reorient how co-creating musicians might interact and move through time and space.
CalArts has enjoyed the good fortune of experiencing two decades of that development, while Wadada Leo Smith shared his creative insight, musical philosophy, and invigorating teaching within our community. During this time he created the African American Improvisational Music curricular stream as part of our Performer-Composer Program, curated a profound and powerful Creative Music Festival both on campus and at REDCAT, and held the Dizzy Gillespie Chair for several years.
His work has always been broadly interdisciplinary, musically masterful, and always fundamentally in pursuit of new artistic knowledge. During this academic year, after which he will retire from The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, we wish to express our profound gratitude for his inspiring contributions to our community and for opening new doors through which the world of music at large may travel.
-David Rosenboom, Dean, Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: The Jazz Program presents visiting artists Todd Simon & Ethio Cali, as part of the Jazz Forum.
CalArts, Main Gallery
ART: "Let's talk about spaces." Tom Weinrich of the Bushwick (Brooklyn) based gallery INTERSTATE PROJECTS (http://www.interstateprojects.com/) will present research on the alternative gallery scene in New York, followed by an open discussion comparing and contrasting similar spaces in Los Angeles. All are welcome.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall
MUSIC: Featuring world premieres and performances of works by CalArts undergraduate composers. Performed by CalArts faculty, students and special guests.
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Lecture for graduate class "Interventions."
"Is there anyone here?" I was asking about the city.
Please join us for World Two of the "Interventions" Series, as acclaimed literary innovator Renee Gladman reads from and discusses her ongoing series about the invented city-state of Ravicka. Reception to follow.
Renee Gladman is assistant professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. She received a B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College, and a Master’s degree in poetics from New College of California. She is the author of six works of prose, and one collection of poetry. Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry.
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la Putain)
Directed by Jean Eustache [1973, 219min.]
35mm print, presented by Gary Mairs.
Please arrive promptly at 7pm. The screening will begin shortly thereafter.
"I have seen only one Eustache film, The Mother and the Whore, but it is enough to put him in any film book. There are so many films that reckon they are dealing with love and sex that we take the steam for granted. Just every now and then, a film rises up as abrupt, elemental, and wounding as rocks. The Mother and the Whore is 219 minutes; it relies on naked performances—Jean-Pierre Leaud, Bernadette Lafont, Franćoise Lebrun, and Isabelle Weingarten; and it is more shocking than Last Tango, or nearly any other "sexy" film you can think of. On seeing Eustache's masterpiece, one feels like someone trapped into confrontation with a pit of wild creatures. It is a film that deserves to be in perpetual repertory—yet, I'm not sure I wouldn't rather hold it back, in secrecy and threat, and then show it occasionally, without warning, when another film has failed to arrive. The Mother and the Whore should be rumored rather than known. It is a dark, vaguely perceived beast on the edge of polite society. Beware." - David Thomson, A Biographical Dictionary of Film
"It’s a historical marker in a way that few other films are—not only the nail in the coffin of the French New Wave and one of the strongest statements about the aftermath of the failed French revolution of May 1968, but also a definitive expression of the closing in of Western culture after the end of the era generally known as the 60s." - Jonathan Rosenbaum
CalArts, Main Gallery
CAP: This concert features 10 musicians and singers from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who have all participated in either the CAP Summer Arts Program in Music, or in CAP Rio 2012 when CAP took place in Rio. They will be performing original music as well as traditional Brazilian music.
ART: Daniel Joseph Martinez is recognized for his complex, multilayered, and often controversial work. He provokes audiences in public spaces through a range of media, including text, photography, sculpture, video, and site-specific street performance. For the 1993 Whitney Biennial, Martinez replaced the text on the museum’s admission tags with all or part of the words, “I Can’t Ever Imagine Wanting to Be White,” there by challenging visitors to question culturally accepted racial hierarchies and assumptions about public space.
At the heart of Martinez’s work is the artist’s desire to open dialogue and debate about provocative topics or surprising materials. In a work titled Me Ishmael; or The FullyEnlightened Earth Radiates Disaster, Martinez created a life-size animatronic sculpture of a very human-like man. Galleries are typically quiet spaces, but Martinez’s robot startles viewers by increasingly banging his fist on the floor until becoming violent. The title’s reference to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick may allude to violent and alarming forces in nature—forces that Martinez would rather engage with than avoid.
“When she wraps her big, rich, soulful voice around an anthem to the beauty of the natural world, or the folly of our disregard for it, the show transcends.”
—The New York Times
West Coast Premiere
This Clement World, a new work by the refreshingly original, Herb Alpert Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Cynthia Hopkins, emerged from her three-week journey through Arctic waters where she documented stunning landscapes from aboard a century-old, double-masted Dutch ship. The result is a soulful musical performance that poetically but urgently speaks to Earth’s rapidly changing climate. Performed live with a 15-member chorus and band, the alluring production blends outlandish fiction and original folk songs with Hopkins’ own sublime footage from her Arctic expedition, infusing the global climate crisis with humor, artistry and immediacy. Hopkins’ mastery of multiple media yields a unique approach, allowing her to construct a charismatically personal and fiercely creative tribute to the world’s fragility.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, the Western Graduate National Portfolio Day (GNPD) takes place in the CalArts Main Gallery from 12-4 pm. Representatives from 32 of the nation’s top art and design colleges will be reviewing portfolios, offering application advisement, and sharing information about their programs.
Admission is FREE and open to the public. We encourage you to RSVP in advance. For more information, please call CalArts Admissions at 1-800-545-ARTS.
List of Participating Schools*
- Art Center College of Design
- Burren College of Art
- California College of Arts
- College for Creative Studies
- Columbus College of Art & Design
- Cranbrook Academy of Art
- Emily Carr University of Art + Design
- Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
- Lawrence Tech
- Lesley University College of Art and Design
- Maryland Institute College of Art
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design
- Memphis College of Art
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- New York School of Interior Design
- Otis College of Art and Design
- Pacific Northwest College of Art
- Parsons The New School for Design
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Pratt Institute
- Rhode Island School of Design
- San Francisco Art Institute
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- School of Visual Arts
- Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
- Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
- University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Washington University in Saint Louis
- Woodbury University, School of Media
*subject to change
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Li Jung An's MFA Residency Flute Recital.
- Sonata in G Minor by Bach
- Carmen Fantaisie Brillante by Francois Borne
- Sonatina by Burton
- Histoire Du Tango by Astor Piazzolla
- Three More Dances for Two Flutes by Gary Schocker
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts faculty member Danny Holt performs virtuosic feats of multi-instrumentalism, playing piano and percussion simultaneously in the world premiere of a new work by Ulrich Krieger alongside works by David Johnson, Milen Kirov, Jonathan Graybill, Karl Blench, and Chris Goddard. Performing with Holt is violist Molly Gebrian and other special guests in several chamber works featuring piano/percussion.www.dannyholt.net
CalArts, Langley Hall
INSTITUTE: Campus livestream with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In. Light refreshments will be served. Open to faculty, staff and students.
REDCAT: "Alternately sweet, sad, and steamy…hearing the voices of the lovers on their private tapes, viewers become voyeurs." —The Boston Globe
Jack H. Skirball Series
Guggenheim Fellow Jane Gillooly introduces her mesmerizing and original Suitcase of Love and Shame, a tender, erotic and heartbreaking collage woven from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotapes discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. In the 1960s, on the cusp of the sexual revolution, a Midwestern woman and her lover become reliant on recording devices to document and memorialize their adulterous affair. The tape recorder serves as a confidant, witness, and participant—creating a welcome ménage-à-trois. Voices give rise to a sad world, building "love and shame" little by little, as technological tools serve up a calm, continual hell.
In person: Jane Gillooly
CalArts, Bijou Theater
PATTY CHANG AND DAVID KELLEY
ROUTE 3 and
Route 3 (2011)
The 3-channel video installation Route 3 (2011) is the fourth in Patty Chang & David Kelley’s series of travelogues. The first, Shangri-La (2005) is a collection of still photography shot in Yunnan, China, a town that has reinvented itself as the fictional paradise of the work’s title. Flotsam Jetsam (2007), a single channel video installation, set on the contentious Three Gorges Dam site of the Yangtze River in China, and like Shangri-La, plays somewhere between documentary, drama and dreamscape. Embankment (2007), another video installation, extends the Three Gorges Dam as a subject through a series of interviews filmed on site in towns relocated to accommodate the rising water.
Set in Northwest Laos, the meeting point of the Mekong river, Thailand, China, and Burma, Route 3 sees the pair sharpen their idiosyncratic collaborative project: the geo-political Asian road film. Neat in focus and beautifully shot, the work studies the spatial, environmental, economic and social impact of Route 3, a recently constructed trade route between China, Laos and Thailand. With Chang and Kelley tuned into local routines and rhythms, the sleepy and formerly self-contained mountain villages of Laos appear in some ways unaffected by this major development, but there are many lurking signs that the region is being dramatically accelerated into modernity. The question is whether it is the will of the locals, or an inevitable transformation led by neighbouring economic growth.
Chang and Kelley wring together a range of contrasting elements into a cohesive and thoughtful project, deftly and fluidly mixing explicit political sentiment with moments of psychedelic absurdity and humanist poetics. China is the real subject, however, with Route 3 a testament to the way China’s economic power translates to political power and regional (not to mention, global) dominance.
Flotsam Jetsam (2007)
A 30 minute video in collaboration with David Kelley that was produced in the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River in China. The work is concerned with the notion of landscape's relationship to identity, in the midst of the extensive infrastructural changes at the Three Gorges Dam site, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Hundreds of square miles of land were submerged and over a million people were displaced by the building of the dam. The video questions what happens to a landscape when it is submerged and if it returns to an imaginary. The Three Gorges along the Yangtze River was a classic theme in traditional Chinese Ink Painting for thousands of years. The video details the process of fabricating a submarine, launching it below the Three Gorges Dam, following the submarine’s progress along the river and through the dam’s boat locks to the reservoir. Along this journey various performances are enacted: dreams are recounted during Psycho-therapy sessions in a swimming pool, a theatrical play is performed in a ship factory, and the actors’ concerns about the process and purpose of making the video are voiced. These fragmented, vernacular narratives weave around the submarine’s journey, composing a third narrative regarding landscape's link to imagination. Inspired from a broad collection of sources including: Chairman Mao’s many swims in the Yangtze, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and contemporary news’ exposés on economic development and imaginaries of Asia’s modernization.
David Kelley (b. 1972, Portland, USA) is an artist working interchangeably between photography, video, sculpture and installation. He received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine and is a recent alumni of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program. Kelley's work has been shown in galleries, museums, and theaters around the world. His co-authored project with Patty Chang, Flotsam Jetsam (2007) was exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art’s 2008 New Directors New Films Festival, in MassMoCA's Eastern Standard show and won the Golden Pyramid at the Cairo IMFAY Media Arts Festival. He is currently Professor of Photography at Wellesley College. He lives between New York City and Wellesley, MA.
Patty Chang (b. 1972, San Leandro, CA, USA ) is well-known for her performative works which deals with themes of gender, sexuality, language and empathy. Working predominantly in video, Chang initially uses the medium to document her performances, often utilizing the camera’s potential to misrepresent. Her works often challenge viewers’ perceptions of what they see, frequently creating visual sleights of hand that highlight fantastical representations of “Asia”. Shangri-La, a 2005 video, documents various attempts to recreate its eponymous subject in the real life Shangri-La, a town in China’s Yunnan province renamed in 2002 to attract tourism. Continuing in this vein, The Product Love-Die Ware Liebe explores the real life meeting and interview between Chinese American actress Anna May Wong and German critical theorist Walter Benjamin as the premise for a pornographic film.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at such institutions as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Hamburg Kunstverein in Germany and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. In 2008 she was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize and in 2009 was named the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow of Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2012 she was awarded a Creative Capital grant to work on her current project The Wandering Lake.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Gordon Kurowski on theremin, Colton Lytle on percussion, Joshua Carro on electronics and Susan Allen on harp join for an evening of improvisations.
The Tiger Lillies. Photo: Mark Holthusen.
REDCAT: "One of the weirdest and most disconcerting bands of all time... The prudish and the squeamish should avoid this show like the plague." —Daily Telegraph, London
The deranged British cult band The Tiger Lillies serves up its sinister blend of corrosive lyrics, astonishing vocals and Brechtian cabaret for this wonderfully gruesome concert. Led by the fierce falsetto of vocalist Martyn Jacques, known as the "criminal castrati," the Grammy-nominated three-piece band unflinchingly unfurls savage tales of prostitutes, drug addicts and other desperate souls. With an unseemly passion and a dark theatrical flair, The Tiger Lillies squeeze the vice out of their instruments—as Jaques growls and squawks with passionate love for the damned—to create a musical experience that is a little bit opera, a little bit vaudeville and very-very Weimar.
ART: Patty Chang (b. 1972) is well-known for her performative works which deal with themes of gender, sexuality, language and empathy. www.pattychang.com. David Kelley (b.1972) is an artist working interchangeably between photography, video sculpture and installation. www.davidkelley.org.
The core of their collaboration is the intersection of site and the imaginary. How else is site used, inhabited, contested, felt, and described but through the imagination and the sensual experience of it? Working in a transcultural and collaborative way we use sculpture, performance and new media to create films, photos, documents, drawings, and lectures that weave and untangle various narratives attached to sites.
THEATER: John Johnson (MFA2) presents his stage reading of Separate Parts, directed by Rachel Park (MFA2).
Three young couples attempt to cross the painful territory of spoiled love and the walls that spoiled them. In doing so, they being to meet and to fall in love with each other, quickly realizing an odd and unsettling fact: not only are they making the same mistakes, they are making the same mistakes with the same people. Not the same kinds of people, but the same literal people. And as these relationships start to violently implode, so do the characters.