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War Remnants: Vietnam Revisited
The artist Harrell Fletcher’s exhibition The American War was a photographic re-creation of the entire War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, presenting the horrors of the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese government's perspective. The project also included discussions, a website, billboard, and publication. It traveled the United States, Brazil, China, and other countries, and is now part of MoMA’s collection. Fletcher will be joined by local Vietnamese American immigrants to reflect on the continuing impact of the war.
El cuerpo político en el arte latino y latinoamericano
¿Qué significa ser una artista radical? ¿Cómo desafiaron, las mujeres artistas latinoamericanas y latinas trabajando en los Estados Unidos entre 1960 y 1985, las narrativas patriarcales dominantes mediante nuevas percepciones del cuerpo? ¿Cuál es la relación entre prácticas artísticas de latinas y latinoamericanas y los feminismos políticos? En este simposio, académicos, artistas y curadoras de diferentes lugares del mundo se reúnen para considerar la noción del cuerpo político en conjunto con la exhibición Radical Women: Latin American, 1960-1985 (Mujeres radicales: arte latinoamericano, 1960-1985), que se presenta en el Hammer del 15 de septiembre al 31 de diciembre de 2017.
The Political Body in Latina and Latin American Art
What does it mean to be a radical woman artist? How did Latin American women artists and Latinas working in the United States between 1960 and 1985 defy dominant patriarchal narratives through new perceptions of the body? What is the relationship between Latina and Latin American art practices and political feminisms? How is the body political? The political body, a key concept of the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, is bound by the poetics of subjectivity, shaped by desire, and disobedient and resistant in the face of political turmoil such as oppression, violence, and dictatorship. In this symposium, scholars, artists, and curators from around the world convene to consider ideas of radicality, feminism, and the emancipated body.
Post-screening Q&A with Ernest Hardy & Tisa Bryant: "Pariah"
A Q&A with writers Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant follows a screening of "Pariah." Q&A will be livestreamed after the screening, at approximately 9:00pm.
Trouble in Mind... But I Won’t Be Blue Always
Black people’s reasonable responses to four centuries of unreasonable, barely livable conditions are routinely criminalized and used to stoke anti-blackness. The cumulative toll is paid in their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Writers Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant sift through film, television, music, social media, and news to explore black representations of depression and distress, remedies and healing, and the resilience of joy in black life and culture.
Post-screening Q&A with director Lourdes Portillo
A Q&A with director Lourdes Portillo follows a screening of "Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" and "Después de Terremoto." Post-screening Q&A will be livestreamed after the screening, at approximately 9:00pm.
Gamelatron Performance
Aaron Taylor Kuffner—sculptor, composer, and creator of the Gamelatron—composes improvisational sound pieces while dancers I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten perform movements based on Balinese dance.
Design, Environment, Counter-Environment
Professors Felicity Scott, author of Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics after Modernism, and Mark Wasiuta, curator of Environments and Counter-Environments: Experimental Media in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972, discuss the intersection of countercultural radicalism and Italian New Wave design in the 1960s. Together they explore how cutting-edge Italian design encompassed fashion, furniture, and architecture to reimagine every detail of Italian social and political life, from the spoon to the city.
"Whose Streets?" Post-screening Q&A
A Q&A with the film's directors, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, follows a screening of "Whose Streets?". Moderated by UCLA professor Sarah Haley.
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.