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Environmental Equity
Environmental issues often disproportionately affect racial minority and low-income communities, putting those populations in greater danger of health risks. Angelo Logan, cofounder of Eastside Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and the campaign director of the Moving Forward Network; Gladys Limón, executive director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance; and Paul Ong, director of the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, discuss the multitude of factors at play in making environmental justice in Los Angeles more equitable across diverse communities. Moderated by Joe Lyou, president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air.
Patterns Found in the World: Luchita Hurtado and Andrianna Campbell
Artist Luchita Hurtado’s expansive career is marked by a rigorous commitment to experimentation, as demonstrated by her body landscapes from the 1960s and 1970s, on view in Made in L.A. 2018. She discusses her practice with Andrianna Campbell, a writer and art history doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in modern and contemporary American art.
99% Preservation and 1% Densification: A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor
Architects Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi of the Now Institute and Morphosis Architects present a proposal for a high-density, interconnected urban community along L.A.’s iconic Wilshire Corridor. The plan accommodates the city’s anticipated population increase—1.5 million people by 2050—by densifying less than one percent of its land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles. Moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability.
Running in Circles: Erin Christovale, Amanda Hunt & Texas Isaiah on EJ Hill
For his durational performance, artist EJ Hill ran laps around every Los Angeles school he attended, a reflection on the hardships that black, brown, and queer bodies endure as well as their resilience. Made in L.A. 2018 cocurator Erin Christovale discusses Hill’s practice with Amanda Hunt, MOCA Los Angeles director of education and public programming and Desert X 2019 cocurator, and artist Texas Isaiah, who collaborated on Hill’s project.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "The Landlord"
A post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "The Landlord." Written by visionary black filmmaker Bill Gunn and the first film of Oscar-winning director Hal Ashby, The Landlord is both a coming-of-age tale and a social satire. When wealthy, white Elger Winthrop Enders buys a tenement brownstone in 1960s Brooklyn, he plans to kick out its predominantly black residents but instead becomes entangled—personally, romantically, and very messily—in the lives of his tenants.
Bloomsday 2018
James Joyce’s eyebrow-raising poetic language paints a vivid picture of a varied cast of characters on one summer day in Dublin. This year’s Bloomsday celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Lancaster, John Lee, Sonya Macari, and Johnny O’Callaghan and Irish songs performed by musicians Jared Jones, Kathryn Lillich, and Neal Stulberg. The celebration continues in the courtyard with Guinness and live Irish music by Rattle the Knee. Organized by Stanley Breitbard and directed by Darcie Crager.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "Car Wash"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Car Wash." A “dizzying, nonstop kaleidoscope of cars, soul music, characters, crises...and lots of suds and hot wax” (Roger Ebert), this madcap comedy portrays a day in the life of a group of wisecracking car wash employees. Shot on location at an actual, since-demolished car wash in MacArthur Park, Car Wash is a joyful slice of 1970s life, with an award-winning soundtrack and stellar cameos.
Post-screening Q&A with James Benning and Anne Ellegood: "L. COHEN"
A post-screening Q&A with artist James Benning and curator Anne Ellegood follows a screening of "L. COHEN." A rumination on change and time set to a Leonard Cohen song, artist and filmmaker James Benning’s film observes an Oregon farm field on a very unusual day.
You Are on Tongva Land: Mercedes Dorame, Angela R. Riley & Wendy Teeter
Artist Mercedes Dorame, a member of the tribe of Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California, joins Angela Riley, director of UCLA’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center, and Wendy Teeter, Fowler Museum archaeology curator, to discuss repatriation and land ownership in indigenous communities.
Post-screening Q&A with Shirin Neshat: "Looking for Oum Kulthum"
A Q&A with director Shirin Neshat follows a screening of "Looking for Oum Kulthum." Artist Shirin Neshat’s Looking for Oum Kulthum is a visually dazzling film-within-a-film about an Iranian artist-filmmaker who attempts to make a film about her hero, the legendary female Arab singer Oum Kulthum. Neshat’s heroine, Mitra, struggles as she dares to cross lines in a conservative, male-dominated society—reflecting the obstacles faced by Neshat and Kulthum themselves.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy: "Set it Off"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding follows a screening of "Set it Off." Director F. Gary Gray’s classic 1996 film about four young black Los Angeles friends who turn to bank robbing out of financial desperation provides shrewd commentary on issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality. The quartet is vibrantly brought to life by Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise. Filled with sly humor and laced with a brilliant soundtrack, the film remains refreshingly relevant.
Poetry: Jennifer Moxley
Jennifer Moxley’s newest collection of poetry, Druthers, is full of wit and erotic exuberance. She is the author of six books of poetry, a book of essays, and a memoir. Her book The Open Secret was awarded the 2015 William Carlos Williams award from the Poetry Society of America. Moxley teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Maine.
Decarbonizing Transportation: Mobility in Los Angeles
L.A. County’s plan to shift its entire bus fleet to electric by 2030 is leading the way for a decarbonized transportation future. Río Oxas of Multicultural Communities for Mobility; Romel Pascual, executive director of CicLAvia and former Los Angeles deputy mayor for energy and environment; and urban planning professor Brian Taylor of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA discuss how to create decarbonized urban pathways and infrastructure that enhance access for pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and mass transit riders alike. Moderated by Jay Kim, assistant general manager of mobility management, Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: The Many Pasts of China's Future in Central Asia
In her new book, Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road, scholar and traveler Susan Whitfield tells the stories of 10 very different objects. She considers their interactions with the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road—those who made, carried, received, sold, worshipped, and, in more recent times, bought, conserved, collected, and exhibited them—thereby revealing the cultural diversity and interaction along these trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. UCLA distinguished professor Peter Sellars joins Whitfield in conversation.