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Hans Ulrich Obrist and Connie Butler
Curator, critic, and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist joins Hammer chief curator Connie Butler in a discussion on the work of Marisa Merz within the broader field of contemporary art. Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. A prolific documentarian, he has recorded nearly 2,000 hours of interviews with cultural figures including Ai Weiwei, Zaha Hadid, and John Baldessari as part of the Interview Project. His recently published books include "A Brief History of Curating" and "Ways of Curating."
End of Life Options
Last year, California became the fifth and largest state to enact the End of Life Option Act, which allows doctors to prescribe aid-in-dying medication. Compassion & Choices president Barbara Coombs Lee, professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health Cindy Cain, author and physician Dr. Haider Warraich, and Dan Diaz, husband of the late death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, discuss the legal, social, and medical ramifications of physician-assisted death. Moderated by Ian Masters.
Post-screening Q&A: "United in Anger: A History of ACT UP"
Post-screening Q&A with producer, writer, and historian Sarah Schulman. Q&A will be livestreamed after the screening, at approximately 9:00pm.
Who Is Leading the Resistance?
With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, Democrats look ahead to 2018 and 2020 to take back power. From the streets to the internet, from town halls to the National Mall, progressive movements are taking fascinating new directions. Larry Cohen, chair of Bernie Sanders‘s Our Revolution, joins Democracy in Color founder Steve Phillips activist Erin Schrode and Indivisible organizer Zacharie Boisvert to discuss alternative visions and creative strategies fueling opposition movements. Moderated by Ian Masters.
Post-screening Q&A: "Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony"
Post-screening Q&A with Shana Redmond, associate professor of musicology and African American studies at UCLA. Q&A will be livestreamed after the screening, at approximately 9:30pm.
Post-screening Q&A with activist Paul Engler: "Bringing Down a Dictator"
Post-screening Q&A with activist Paul Engler follows a screening of "Bringing Down a Dictator," founding director of the Center for the Working Poor and co-author of "This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century."
Connie Butler and Tacita Dean
Hammer chief curator Connie Butler outlines Marisa Merz’s challenging, evocative body of work and its relationship to her domestic space and family life. A discussion between Connie Butler and Tacita Dean follows a screening of short film "Mario Merz."
Objectivity in Journalism
In 2016, the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its international word of the year, while the phrases “alternative facts” and “fake news” continue to haunt news media. Former editor of The Nation and veteran journalist Victor Navasky, University of Missouri journalism professor Tom Warhover, and journalist Lewis Wallace discuss media objectivity, neutrality, and opinion in a political and cultural era where emotional appeals are in constant tension with objective facts. Moderated by political theorist Ainsley LeSure.
Post-screening Q&A with Ruaridh Arrow: "How to Start a Revolution"
Post-screening discussion of "How to Start A Revolution" with Ruaridh Arrow will be livestreamed after the screening, at approximately 9:00pm.
Post-screening Q&A: "The Garden"
Q&A with director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and farming activist and president of the South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund (SCFHEF) Tezozomoc follows a screening of "The Garden".
What Would a Pence Presidency Look Like?
As investigations, infighting, and controversy continue to plague the Trump administration, a Mike Pence presidency lurches into consideration. Political scientist Marjorie Hershey, publisher of Religion Dispatches and USC Annenberg Knight Chair in Media and Religion Diane Winston, and executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy Lisa Graves examine Pence’s policy history in Indiana, his views, and his relationship with powerful patrons like the Koch brothers. Moderated by Ian Masters.
Intersectional Activism in the Age of Trump: Kimberlé Crenshaw and Eve Ensler
Tony Award–winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler and renowned legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw lead a revolutionary conversation and offer strategies for surviving the current political climate as antiracist feminists. Using the intersectional, inclusive framework at the heart of campaigns like Say Her Name, Why We Can’t Wait, and One Billion Rising, these two feminist icons address some of the most urgent questions facing our nation.
Post-screening Q&A with Patrisse Cullors: "Do Not Resist"
Post-screening discussion of "Do Not Resist" with Patrisse Cullors will be livestreamed after the screening, at approximately 9:00pm.
"To Protect and to Serve": Strategies for Law Enforcement Reform 25 Years After Rodney King
From April 29 to May 4, 1992, people took to the streets of South Central Los Angeles to protest the acquittal of the four LAPD officers who brutally beat Rodney King. 25 years later, police reforms remains a hotly debated issue. Civil rights attorney Connie Rice, New Mexico state police officer Anwar Sanders, UCLA law professors Devon Carbado and Beth Colgan, Arif Alikhan, Director of the LAPD Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, and Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, discuss the efficacy of consent decrees and other police reform policies including bias training, body cameras, and community policing.
Post-screening Q&A with Roger Guenveur Smith and Stephanie Batiste: "Rodney King"
Q&A with Roger Guenveur Smith and UC Santa Barbara Professor Stephanie Batiste follows a screening of "Rodney King."
Keeping the DREAM Alive
The United States is home to nearly two million DREAMers, undocumented immigrants under the age of 35 who arrived as children, seeking a pathway to citizenship. While Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), signed by President Obama, grants legal recognition and amnesty to some, their future is tenuous under the Trump administration. Dr. Angela Chuan-Ru Chen is former director of the Undocumented Student Program at UCLA and current director of Pre-Health Dreamers, which supports undocumented students interested in health care careers, and Marielena Hincapié is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center. Dr. Chen, Hincapié, DREAMer activist Yahaira Carrillo Rosales, and moderator Ian Masters discuss ways to navigate the current immigration landscape, particularly how to advocate for support programs and undocumented student policies.
From the Highlands to the Concert Hall: Classical Music of Armenia
Armenia’s rich musical history is brought to life by the UCLA Armenian Music Ensemble, featuring baritone Garrett Schoonover, and the VEM String Quartet. Conducted by Movses Pogossian, violinist, Professor of Music at UCLA. Commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, this concert features exquisite chamber music by one of the founders of Armenian modern classical music, Komitas Vardapet, as well as composers Romanos Melikian and Edward Mirzoian. This concert also includes the world premiere of Kristapor Najarian’s Rhapsodic Fantasy for two scordatura cellos.
Michael Smith: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
Michael Smith, who began his career as an abstract painter, now performs and makes videos, sculpture, drawings, multimedia installations, and puppet shows. His works are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Stand Up and Fight Back: Tactics and Strategies for Effective Creative Activism
Reverend James Lawson, a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement who was instrumental in training Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of US civil rights activists, joins Nadine Bloch, training director for Beautiful Trouble, an organization that promotes creative strategic activism.
Terry George, Eric Esrailian & Stephen D. Smith
Director Terry George has represented the horror and humanity of genocide in films such as Hotel Rwanda and The Promise, his most recent feature about the Armenian genocide. Producer and physician Eric Esrailian and Dr. Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, join George to discuss the challenges and politics of representing real-world atrocities within the constraints of the film medium. Moderated by journalist and filmmaker Carla Garapedian.
The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media
The widespread coverage of race and gender inequality in Hollywood often excludes black women. The wage gap for black women in the entertainment industry is a symptom of a larger issue: the invisibility and devaluing of black women in media culture as performers, producers, and directors. Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw moderates a panel that explores this narrative alongside solutions to promote black women as creators. Panelists: legendary actress Diahann Carroll; stage and soap actress Tonya Pinkins; film, television, and theater actress and director LisaGay Hamilton; veteran Hollywood casting director Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd; April Reign, #OscarsSoWhite creator and the founder and editor of; and University of Alabama professor Kristen Warner, who studies race, representation, and the media.
Latasha Harlins: The Victimization of Black Girls
In 1991, Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African American girl, was shot in the head and killed at her local L.A. grocery store. Her death, which happened just 13 days after the Rodney King beating, garnered little attention. Black girls continue to be the targets of widespread violence with minimal accountability systems in place. Historian Brenda Stevenson and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, both UCLA professors, discuss how this case illuminates the vulnerability of black girls and how communities can serve and protect them.
Say Her Name: An Evening of Arts and Action
The #SayHerName movement honors the lives of black women and girls killed by police. Each act of this powerful performance lifts up the voices and stories of women and girls of color through spoken word, song, and dance. Featuring family members of the victims of police violence, the program pays respect to the lives of their loved ones by encouraging us to say their names out loud. Curated by Abby Dobson, artist-in-residence at the African American Policy Forum.