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Judy Baca & Anna Indych-López
Artist Judy Baca is best known for The Great Wall of Los Angeles (1976–83), a mural that presents a multiracial history of California. The project—involving hundreds of community youth and artists in its conception, realization, and recent restoration—exemplifies Baca’s distinctive approach to creating public art. Art historian Anna Indych-López recently published a dynamic account of Baca’s "public art of contestation," and discusses with the artist how collaboration and authorship, and issues of race, class, and gender, have influenced and sustained Baca’s practice.
Sister Helen Prejean & Tim Robbins
Victor Hugo was a lifelong activist against the death penalty, which he considered a “horrible and useless” crime and explored in his 1829 novel The Last Day of a Condemned Man (Le Dernier Jour d’un Condamné). More than 150 years later, Sister Helen Prejean—author of the acclaimed 1993 book Dead Man Walking—continues the fight against the death penalty. Prejean is joined by actor and activist Tim Robbins in a discussion about the path toward justice without violence.
Aruna D’Souza & Tomashi Jackson
Aruna D’Souza’s new book Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts—reflecting on three exhibitions at the Met, Artists Space, and the Whitney that shook the art world—asks the question: When we speak of artistic freedom and freedom of speech, who, exactly, is free to speak? Artist Tomashi Jackson joins D’Souza in conversation.
Midterms Primer
Sixty-two congressional seats are up for grabs during the momentous midterm election on November 6. Democrats are seeking to flip at least 23 Republican-held seats to gain majority rule in the House of Representatives. Jessica Yellin, journalist and former chief White House correspondent for CNN, moderates a discussion of the issues and candidates that define the political landscape.
Three Megacities: A Comparative Approach
Mexico City, Tokyo, and Shanghai—megacities with populations of more than 20 million and with unique infrastructures—have in recent years all made pledges toward total sustainability. What can Los Angeles learn from their triumphs and struggles? Moderated by Matt Petersen, former chief sustainability officer of Los Angeles and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.
Uncovering Victor Hugo: A Conversation with the Curators
Curator Cynthia Burlingham and Allegra Pesenti discuss the background of the exhibition, the journeys it took them on, the archives and collections they explored, the discoveries they made, and the behind-the-scenes work that led to this rare and important survey.
The Mash-Up Americans Live!
The Mash-Up Americans podcast celebrates our cross-cultural, multi-hyphenated, noisy, joyous, messy modern society. With laughter and blunt honesty, hosts Rebecca Lehrer and Amy S. Choi dive into a wide range of topics through a lens of race, culture, and identity, celebrating the diverse communities that make us who we are and exploring what it means to be American today. Special guests are Vice News correspondent Dexter Thomas, comedian Marcella Arguello, and Keith Chen, associate professor of economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Bruce Talamon & Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire
Photographer Bruce Talamon saw it all during the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, he found himself backstage with an all-access pass to the heart of the music scene, photographing icons such as James Brown, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson Five, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Barry White, and Donna Summer. He is joined by one of his favorite subjects, bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Solving California’s Water Future
In order to achieve complete sustainability, Los Angeles must contend with serious finance, governance, environmental, and water management challenges. A panel of experts will discuss the impact of climate change on the city’s water supply and ways to improve long-term conservation and infrastructure, including a move toward local water. Panelists: Adel Hagekhalil, assistant director at L.A. Sanitation; Neil Berg, associate director of science at the UCLA Center for Climate Science; and Erica Fernandez Zamora, director of organizing at the Community Water Center in the Central Valley. Moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability.
Q&A with Tisa Bryant, Ernest Hardy, and director James Spooner: "Afro-Punk"
Q&A with James Spooner, Tisa Bryant, and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Afro-Punk." James Spooner’s audacious rock documentary follows four black people from different cities who are immersed in overwhelmingly white punk scenes. Featuring performances by Bad Brains and Cipher and exclusive interviews with Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and Candiria, the film gives a voice to black punk fans, who are often excluded from both white and black music communities.