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Pre-screening introduction by Ernest Hardy: "2 Fast 2 Furious"
Ernest Hardy gives a pre-screening introduction to "2 Fast 2 Furious." This sequel to The Fast and the Furious focuses on ex-police officer Brian O'Conner, who relocates from Los Angeles to Miami to start over. Underground street-racing gangs remain crucial to the storyline as Brian goes undercover for the FBI to take down a powerful drug dealer. The film is a testament to Singleton’s versatility, as he “takes the aggressive, one-note conflicts of the action genre and builds whole networks of resentment out of them” (Vulture). Recording begins and ends before screening.
Pre-screening introduction by Ernest Hardy: "Rosewood"
Ernest Hardy gives an introduction to "Rosewood." Based on the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, Rosewood tells the story of how a small black town was destroyed, and several of its residents murdered, by a white mob. Singleton nimbly explores race and class in this suspenseful drama, an important disinterring of a forgotten moment in American history. Critically acclaimed upon its release, the film has only grown in stature over time. Livestream begins and ends before screening.
Terry Allen & Jo Harvey Allen
Terry Allen and Jo Harvey Allen hold a conversation interspersed with readings and music excerpts from Terry’s music recordings, radio shows, and theater works. A singer-songwriter whose oeuvre Rolling Stone described as "uniformly eccentric and uncompromising, savage and beautiful, literate and guttural,” Terry is also a regarded artist whose connections to the art world run deep. Jo Harvey is a writer, artist, and actress best known for her work in film and for her one-woman plays. Moderated by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi.
Will Rawls
Choreographer, artist, and writer Will Rawls presents his latest work in progress, a hybrid of dance and stop-motion animation, currently in production as part of his residency at the Hammer. His choreographic work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, Danspace Project, the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Post-screening Q&A: "The Foreigner's Home"
A Q&A with UCLA scholar Caroline Streeter and co-directors Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree follows a screening of "The Foreigner's Home." As the Louvre’s guest curator in 2006, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison brought artists, performers, refugees, and immigrants into the museum for a series of provocative events exploring race, slavery, immigration, identity, and foreignness. This film expertly intersperses footage from the events and exhibitions with present-day clips and interviews with Morrison.
Pre-screening introduction by Ernest Hardy: "Boyz n the Hood"
Ernest Hardy provides an introduction to Oscar-nominated "Boyz n the Hood", which captures the complicated lives of three African American men growing up in South Central Los Angeles. Recording begins and ends before screening.
Round 2 - 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates
Michael Bennet, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, and Andrew Yang. Post-debate discussion with political consultant Bill Zimmerman, organizer Zacharie Boisvert, Loyola Marymount University law professor Priscilla Ocen, UCLA professor of political science Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, and UCLA law professor Adam Winkler.
Round 1 - 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates
Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson. Post-debate discussion with political consultant Bill Zimmerman, organizer Zacharie Boisvert, USC law professor Franita Tolson, and Blavity politics editor Kandist Mallet.
PEN Emerging Voices 2019
PEN America’s Emerging Voices Fellowship pairs underrepresented writers with professional authors who offer mentorship, advice on craft, and feedback on works in progress building toward publication. This culminating event presents 2019 fellows Judy Choi, Anthony Hoang, Fajer Alexander Khansa, T. K. Lê, and Dare Williams reading together for the last time, with introductions by mentors Steph Cha, James Sie, Venita Blackburn, Vickie Vértiz, and Sesshu Foster.
Tacita Dean & Wayne McGregor
Choreographer and director Wayne McGregor joins visual artist Tacita Dean for a conversation in advance of the world premiere of their collaboration on Inferno at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on July 12 and 13. Inferno will be one of three works performed as part of Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration, a celebration of the collaboration over many years between McGregor and composer and conductor Thomas Adès. Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration is a co-presentation by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Hear directly from McGregor and Dean at the Hammer about the making of Inferno and the creative relationship between the artists, Company Wayne McGregor, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Royal Ballet. Moderated by CalArts dance professor Ariel Osterweis.
Maggie Nelson & Sarah Lucas
The artist Sarah Lucas is joined in conversation by critic, author, poet, and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Maggie Nelson. Both women have challenged cultural conventions through smart, provocative work in their respective fields. Over three decades, Lucas has subverted gender, class, and social norms through a wide-ranging practice rooted in sculpture. In literary works such as the genre-defying The Argonauts, "Nelson slays entrenched notions of gender, marriage, and sexuality with lyricism, intellectual brass, and soul-ringing honesty ” (Vanity Fair).
Saidiya Hartman & Arthur Jafa
Saidiya Hartman’s new book, "Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval", delves into the lives of young black women in the early 20th century, exploring the forms of kinship and intimacy that created a revolution of black intimate life. Hartman joins filmmaker, artist, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa. In addition to creating acclaimed works such as the video essays "The White Album" and "Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death", Jafa has worked with collaborators ranging from Spike Lee and Julie Dash to Kanye West and Solange.
Virginia Heffernan & Howard Rodman
Leading cultural critic and author Virginia Heffernan holds a conversation with writer Howard Rodman, whose new novel The Great Eastern pits two great antiheroes of 19th-century literature, Captain Nemo and Captain Ahab, against each other in “a historical phantasmagoria and ripping adventure” (Jonathan Lethem). Rodman is a screenwriting professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs.
Making Social Spaces in Museums: Jori Finkel, Shinique Smith & Rirkrit Tiravanija
For her new book, It Speaks to Me, journalist Jori Finkel interviewed artists about artworks that inspire them from museums around the world. Two of those artists, Shinique Smith and Rirkrit Tiravanija, join her here to discuss their own history transforming museum spaces. Smith is best known for creating socially loaded sculptures out of used clothing and fabrics and recently made a donation center for the homeless part of her exhibition. Tiravanija has long made hospitality a part of his art, most famously serving Thai curry and rice to gallery and museum visitors. Finkel covers art for the New York Times from Los Angeles and is the West Coast correspondent of The Art Newspaper.
Carmen Winant: UCLA Dept of Art Lecture
Artist and writer Carmen Winant utilizes installation and collage strategies to examine feminist modes of survival and revolt. Winant’s recent projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Sculpture Center, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Winant has published two artist’s books—My Life as a Man and My Birth—and is the former dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art at Ohio State University.
Nick Laird
Nick Laird “has the rare ability to mate tragedy and comedy in a single line without making either side feel cheap for it” (Michael Chabon, Interview). Laird has written screenplays and three novels, as well as four books of poems. His most recent volume of poetry, Feel Free, was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2018. His honors include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
Poetry: David Lehman
David Lehman is a poet, literary critic, editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry, and creator of the Best American Poetry series. Lee Upton praises Lehman’s new volume, Playlist, in these terms: “What a gorgeous and ambitious poem … an elegy, a calendar, an enactment of beauty, a tribute to singers and musicians and those who love them, a musical compilation, a mediation on friendship and art.” Lehman’s honors include fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Post-screening Q&A: "The Prosecutors"
Post-screening Q&A follows a screening of "The Prosecutors." Livestream begins after the screening. This feature length documentary tells the story of three dedicated lawyers who fight to ensure that rape in war does not go unpunished. Filmed over five years on three continents, it takes viewers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Bosnia and Herzegovina to Colombia on the long journey towards justice.
Intelligent Inclusion
With every new advancement in the rapidly growing field of artificial intelligence, the gender, racial, and socio-economic biases embedded within technology become more apparent. As the AI workforce becomes increasingly diverse—from engineers, data scientists, and coders to filmmakers, artists, and scholars—is it possible to create a deeply inclusive, culturally conscious artificial intelligence? Davar Ardalan, founder of interactive storytelling agency IVOW, discusses an innovative approach with AI in storytelling expert Rafael Pérez y Pérez, research professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana at Cuajjimalpa, Mexico City.
Thomas Crow & Alexander Dumbadze
Art historians Thomas Crow and Alexander Dumbadze discuss the artistic milieu of the 1960s and 1970s and how it shaped Allen Ruppersberg and his contemporaries. Crow’s recent book, No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art, turns away from contemporary cultural theories to address a blind spot in today’s art historical inquiry: religion. Dumbadze is the author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere, about the late Dutch-born Conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader.
In Remembrance: Classical Music by Armenian Composers
Celebrate Armenia’s rich musical history with exquisite performances of works by four of the greatest Armenian composers of the 20th century— Komitas Vardapet, Aram Khachaturian, Alan Hovhaness, and Edward Mirzoian. Enjoy an evening of performances by the UCLA VEM Ensemble, featuring mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen, the VEM String Quartet, and special guest, Los Angeles-based composer Artashes Kartalyan. Introduced by artistic director, violinist, and UCLA music professor Movses Pogossian, on the eve of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
Black Women and the #MeToo Movement
Black women have played prominent roles in responding to sexual harassment, yet their experiences are regularly relegated to the sidelines, delegitimized, and dismissed. Panelists will examine how race influences which sexual abusers do and don’t face consequences for their misdeeds. They will compare the outrage about Harvey Weinstein, whose victims were primarily white, with the relative indifference toward R. Kelly, whose victims are primarily black.