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Music & Performance

MPA

Sat Nov 20, Dec 4 & 11, Jan 8 & Sun Jan 9 1 PM–5 PM

Los Angeles–based artist MPA activates the work of artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz in conjunction with the exhibition Witch Hunt. Limited capacity.

In this series of in-gallery performances, MPA engages with her recorded performance in the pair’s video installation Telepathic Improvisation (2017) and with the audience in unexpected moments of encounter. The performances serve as a moment of celebration and reflection on Telepathic Improvisation and highlight the work’s new soundscape, which the artists created in collaboration with composer Rashad Becker for its presentation at the Hammer Museum.

Biography

MPA (b. 1980) has explored a range of meditative, durational, theatrical, and actionist modes of performance to engage "the energetic" as a potential material in live work. Enriched with ritual and theatricality, her performances and installations critically examine behaviors of power. She has posed questions about the global arms race, patriarchy as governance, life on another planet, and the dysfunctional union of art with capitalist commodity. MPA's work has been widely exhibited, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hammer Museum, Stedelijk Museum, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. A frequent collaborator, MPA is a visible muse for many contemporary photographers, painters, and filmmakers. She has been a visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts and UCLA.

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: Per LA City ordinance, proof of COVID-19 full vaccination and valid photo ID is required upon entry to the museum and Billy Wilder Theater.
Ticketing: This free program is not ticketed.  
Parking: Parking is available under the museum. Rates are $7 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. There is a $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends.

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♿ Accessibility information

All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
 
Readings are supported by GRoW @ Annenberg.
 
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
 
Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.