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Interrogate, Complicate, Implicate: The Work of Jimmie Durham
Throughout his 45-year career, Jimmie Durham has resisted hierarchies, systems of categorization, and monumentality in a practice that embraces materiality, humor, and the play of language. Exhibition curator Anne Ellegood provides an overview of Durham’s work, its distinct position within art history, and vital perspective on colonization, statehood, and the politics of representation. Abraham Cruzvillegas and Jeffrey Gibson—artists and friends of Durham—then join Ellegood to discuss Durham’s work and influence.
The Art & Life of Louise Bourgeois: Robert Storr
Louise Bourgeois’s remarkable artistic career spanned more than 75 years. Renowned critic and curator Robert Storr’s new book surveys her immense oeuvre in unmatched depth. Writing from a uniquely intimate perspective as a close personal friend of the artist and drawing on decades of research, Storr reveals the complexity and passion of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
Immersive Journalism: Nonny de la Peña
Nonny de la Peña, founder of Emblematic Group, uses digital reality technologies to tell important stories both fictional and news-based that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. Called the Godmother of Virtual Reality by Engadget and the Guardian, she was also named by Fast Company “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative.” Experience virtual reality at stations in the museum before the program.
Walter Murch & Lawrence Weschler
Three-time Oscar winner Walter Murch is a legendary sound designer, film editor, and an amateur astrophysicist. Initially discounted by professional scientists, his insights into planetary systems and musical harmony have sparked intrigue about invisible forces of the universe. Author Lawrence Weschler delves into Murch’s quixotic quest in his new book, Waves Passing in the Night, “taking us to the very edge of an abyss of meaninglessness and asking us which side of it we think we’re on” (Errol Morris).
Minority Reports
Risk assessments—computer programs that predict the likelihood of someone committing a crime—are increasingly common in courtrooms, yet these “future-crime formulas” are marked by troubling racial prejudices that can influence everything from bond amounts to sentencing to prison time. Julia Angwin of ProPublica examines the hidden biases of these allegedly objective algorithms and their powerful effect on the American criminal justice system. Moderated by USC journalism professor Laura Castañeda.
"Show up, dive in, stay at it": Post-Election Community Gathering at Royce Hall
Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN, moderates a panel of organization and community leaders who will share their respective points of view about potential or likely consequences of the election and the confirmation of the new administration, and offer suggestions to those who are interested in getting involved and taking action.
Cameraperson Post-screening Q&A
A Q&A with director Kirsten Johnson follows a screening of "Cameraperson." A boxing match in Brooklyn, the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife, an intimate family moment at home: "Cameraperson" weaves these scenes and others into a tapestry of footage captured over the 25-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Combining documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, "Cameraperson" is a glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey.
I Am Not Your Negro Post-screening Q&A
A Q&A with director Raoul Peck follows a screening of "I Am Not Your Negro." Working from James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacies of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Framing the work as a radical narration about race in America, director Raoul Peck matches Baldwin’s lyrical rhetoric with footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, revealing connections between past and present injustices. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
Rachel Cusk
Rachel Cusk’s new work Transit delves deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed novel Outline, offering a penetrating reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, and the mystery of change. Cusk is the author of three memoirs—A Life’s Work, The Last Supper, and Aftermath—and several novels: Saving Agnes, The Temporary, The Country Life, The Lucky Ones, In the Fold, Arlington Park, and The Bradshaw Variations.
Ian Bogost: Play Anything
Life is boring, filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we’d ever call fun. But what if we’ve gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, the visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome daily anxieties and transform the boring, ordinary world into a place of endless playful possibilities.
Amaranth Borsuk
Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist exploring materiality across media. She is the author of two books of poems, Pomegranate Eater and Handiwork, as well as three collaborative books and numerous projects spanning print and digital media. The recipient of an NEA-funded Expanded Artists’ Books grant for her intermedia collaboration Abra, she teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell.
Election Postmortem
Reflecting on the 2016 presidential election, UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck looks at the effectiveness of campaign ads, public policy scholar Theodore R. Johnson discusses the changing role of the black electorate, and University of California, Irvine, political scientist Michael Tesler examines the connection between economic anxiety and racial resentment. Moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host.
The White Helmets Post-screening Discussion
Post-screening panel discussion following "The White Helmets" with UCLA Professor of History James Gelvin. The "White Helmets," a self-styled civil defense force, are often the first and only rescuers on the front lines in Syria’s ongoing brutal civil war. They have saved more than 18,000 lives and have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Oscar-nominated© filmmakers Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara’s short documentary dives into the rubble with these everyday heroes, showing stories of compassion and bravery alongside devastating footage from the war zones. Set in Aleppo, Syria and in Turkey in early 2016, the film follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones. Moving and inspiring, "The White Helmets" is both a snapshot of the harrowing realities of life for ordinary Syrians who remain in the country, and a humbling portrait of the power of the human spirit.
(Audiocast) Recycled Languages: Reading | Lenguajes reciclados: Lectura
Antena and Libros Antena Books (Los Angeles) present a cross-language event that includes a poetry reading featuring work written in languages other than English with and without translations. Antena y Libros Antena Books (Los Ángeles) presentan un evento intralingüístico que incluirá una lectura de poesía con enfoque en obra escrita en lenguajes que no sean el inglés con y sin traducciones.
Poetic Research Bureau
The Poetic Research Bureau, a project space for language-centered art and inquiry anchored in Chinatown’s Chung King Road gallery district, brings @SEA, its monthly “live magazine” of film, video, poetry, performance and rogue scholarship, to the Hammer Museum. Each @SEA program loosely constellates around a one-word theme, and this Sunday’s keyword is “BORDERLESS”–offering a necessary critique and riposte to the current political climate of uncompromising nativism while bringing in artists and work marked by fluidity, interdisciplinarity, myriad border-crossings and uncontained curiosities.
Into the Inferno Q&A with Werner Herzog
A Q&A with Werner Herzog, moderated by curator Aram Moshayedi, follows a screening of "Into the Inferno." Filmmaker, globetrotter, and shaman Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer dare us to stare into the fiery abyss and not jump. So intoxicating are the tales they tell—of island rituals, volcano worship, and earthly forces beyond comprehension—that you may leave the theater wanting to abandon the mundane world of Western civilization. In the great tradition of his Encounters at the End of the World and Grizzly Man, Herzog invites us to abandon our comfort zones and embrace the rush of the natural world.
Moonlight Q&A with Barry Jenkins
A Q&A with writer/director Barry Jenkins follows a screening of "Moonlight." With "Moonlight," director Barry Jenkins, along with a brilliant ensemble cast and a crackerjack crew, has succeeded—in ways that perhaps no other filmmaker has managed this century—in making an authentically human spirit shine on screen. As an African American boy moves from childhood to adolescence to manhood, we are invited to swim in his discoveries of pain and ecstasy, love and betrayal, fear and hope. This is a film that will linger with you for weeks, one you’ll want to experience again and again for that clear glimpse of cinematic humanity.