02/28/2015 - 04/12/2015
CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater
THEATER: An improvisational dancetastic electronic/DJ audiovisual extravaganza.
THEATER: Is any risk worth a pound of flesh? Hovering between comedy and utter tragedy, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is a dark disturbing love story that explores the crisis that results when man's hunger for an object or person exceeds reasonable risk; when the human heart is blinded by its own desires.
Still from Leviathan.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: THE SCHOOL OF FILM/VIDEO presents a visit by filmmaker and 2013 Herb Alpert Award Recipient LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR (MARCH 17th-21st)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor makes visceral, emotionally engaging, aesthetically rigorous, innovative, and spiritually moving films and installations, documenting our world with a spirit of openness, experimentation and adventure.
Tues., March 18, 7pm at Bijou Auditorium for Structuring Strategies
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash
Sweetgrass presents a riveting and poetic portrait of the American West just as one of its traditional ways of life dies out. Shot amidst the grandeur of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the film follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking and often dangerous mountains for summer pasture. Magnificently photographed and unsparingly candid, Sweetgrass discovers a world of harsh beauty and arduous labor, where humans still work in rugged intimacy with nature.
Wed., March 19, 1:30pm at Bijou Auditorium
SHEEP RUSHES (2001-2009)
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and llisa Barbash
Sheep Rushes consists of a series of films, video installations, and photographs. In viewing and assembling their film Sweetgrass, Castaing-Taylor and Barbash had become dissatisfied with a number of decisions they were making as editors of a more conventional linear piece. This series of films is particularly interested in finding ways to foreground the spatial and temporal qualities of extended sequence and long, unbroken takes that comprised much of the footage. Sheep Rushes offers a sensorial evocation of a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, climate and landscape, and vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.
Fri., March 21, 4pm at Bijou Auditorium for Film Today
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
In the very waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.
Castaing-Taylor's work seeks to conjugate aesthetic negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life. His work is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art and the British Museum, has been exhibited at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Tate, MoMA, the Berlin Kunsthalle, the Whitechapel Gallery, PS1, Marian Goodman Gallery, the X-Initiative, and elsewhere, and has formed the subject of symposia at the Smithsonian Institution, the Musée du quai Branly, and the British Museum. His films and videos have screened at Berlin, Locarno, New York, Toronto and other film festivals. Recent awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2013), and, with Véréna Paravel, the True Vision Award (2013), Guggenheim Fellowship (2012), Los Angeles Film Critics' Circle Douglas Edwards Independent and Experimental Film Award (2012), and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award (2012).
D300 Gallery: Min Kyung Choi MFA 2 ART
D301 Gallery: Rebecca Lieb MFA 2 ART
L-Shape Gallery: Sadie Drucker BFA 4 ART
Main Gallery: Tyler Jamison BFA 4 ART
A402 Gallery: Adriana Baltazar MFA 2 ART
Lime Gallery: Jessica Li MFA 2 ART & TECH
Mint Gallery: Danielle Bustillo MFA 2 ART & TECH
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: The Instrumental Performance Program presents visiting artist Sarah Cahill, as part of the Performance Forum.
Gabrielle Esperdy is an architectural historian and Associate Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her work examines the intersection of architecture, consumerism, and modernism in the urban and suburban landscape, especially in the U.S. in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is particularly interested in minor or everyday buildings and with the ways that social, economic, and political issues shape the built environment. Her first book, Modernizing Main Street, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008. She is currently at work on a second book, Architecture’s American Road Trip, which examines how architectural discourse absorbed the ideals and concerns of commercial sphere after World War II. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta, Architectural Design, and Design Observer, among others. Gabrielle is an Associate Editor of multi-volume series The Buildings of the United States, and the Editor of the SAH Archipedia, an online resource of the history of the built environment scheduled to go live in 2012. She is a board member of DesignInquiry and a regular contributor to the DesignInquiry Journal, and she blogs at www.esperdy.net. Her research has been supported by the Graham Foundation, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She was educated at Smith College and the City University of New York.
CalArts, Tatum Lounge
MUSIC: Twenty bands playing new original compositions under consideration to be recorded at Capitol Records. This is the 25th year of CalArts CDs at Capitol Records.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Acoustic and electric guitars playing traditional and original pieces and improvisations from classical to blues to jazz to rock and beyond.