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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.
Postscreening Q&A with Liz Goldwyn
Q&A with Liz Goldwyn and Ryan White follows a screening of "Ask Dr. Ruth". Livestream begins after screening. This documentary portrait chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
Beyond the Wall: Progressive Border Policy
A clear majority of US citizens oppose expanding the wall on the US-Mexico border. Less defined is an effective border policy that would be widely supported. Daniel Restrepo, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Western Hemisphere advisor to President Barack Obama; Jacob Soboroff, NBC News and MSNBC correspondent; and Roberto Suro, professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School and scholar of US immigration policy, examine progressive, humane visions for border control and immigration policy. Moderated by Univision journalist and Slate columnist León Krauze.
Post-screening Q&A: "Hail Satan?"
Q&A with Stuart de Haan, spokesperson and legal advisor for the Satanic Temple, follows a screening of "Hail Satan?". Director Penny Lane’s “devilishly fun documentary” (Indiewire) chronicles the rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in America. When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom, they prove that a clever idea and a sense of mischief can challenge authority in profound ways.
The Mueller Report
The ramifications of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's just-submitted report are still unknown. Assessing the likely impact of the report are Malcolm Nance, author and 33-year U.S. intelligence veteran; CNN analyst Asha Rangappa, a former F.B.I. special agent specializing in counterintelligence investigations; and Scott Horton, a Columbia law professor and contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine in legal affairs and national security. Moderated by journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host Ian Masters.
Poetry: David Baker
David Baker reads from his just-published Swift: New and Selected Poems, as well as a suite of eco-poems. He will be joined for part of the evening by Gregory Uhlmann, a Los Angeles-based composer and guitarist who performs with jazz, fusion, and classical groups. Baker is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review and his honors include awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Harriet’s Political Will: Black Women’s Electoral Strength in an Era of Fractured Politics
Black women have long gone above and beyond the call of duty in their contributions to American civic life. Despite their extraordinary engagement, particularly in terms of voter turnout and political participation, black women and their interests face a jarring lack of political recognition and representation. With that history in mind, an ensemble cast stages a performance that explores the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman—an early 20th-century civic organizer and political activist—through music, dance, and drumming. The performance is followed by a panel exploring the political implications of Tubman’s profound legacy. Among other topics, the panel of political analysts and theorists will discuss how Tubman’s story illustrates the powerful and lasting consequences of having black women as a driving force in the fight for equality and justice. The panelists include Barbara Arnwine, Alicia Garza, Nia-Malika Henderson, and California State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove. Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw.