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Monika Baer: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
Located at the threshold of figuration and abstraction, Monika Baer’s work engages with the legacies and the present state of painting. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions at venues such as Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover, the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the mumok in Vienna, and Documenta 12 in Kassel. Baer is the 2018–19 Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA and a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. in the MFA program at Bard College.
Contenders Q&A with Jason Reitman: "The Front Runner"
A discussion with director Jason Reitman follows a screening of "The Front Runner." Though it's hard to imagine in 2018, there once was a time in American politics when candidates assumed that their personal lives were off limits to the press and voters. That was only as long ago as the 1980s. Perhaps the last presidential candidate to enter the race believing his personal "affairs" would not be scrutinized was Gary Hart, and the campaign trail has never been the same since. Jason Reitman directs Hugh Jackman in an engaging, timely portrait of a brilliant political mind undone by hubris and changing attitudes about privacy and public life. Cowritten by Matt Bai and Jay Carson (both of whom have spent careers inside the political realm), The Front Runner is authentic and frenetic, much like the Hart campaign of 1987. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Contenders Q&A with Robert Greene: "Bisbee '17"
A discussion with director Robert Greene follows a screening of "Bisbee '17." In a mining community on the border with Mexico, internal strife and extreme rhetoric riddle a small town. The state of our union, or in fact a flashback to a century ago? Such is the core of Robert Greene’s newest inventive documentary centered on an Arizona town where 1,200 inhabitants (many of them foreign-born) were deported by those in their midst as part of a labor dispute in 1917. Greene captures the proceedings of Bisbee, AZ’s centennial reenactment of the gruesome incident in an ambitiously-scaled, electrifying fusion of non-fiction with musical, ghost story, and Western elements. As townspeople take on the roles of those who led the roundup, and those who were its targets, they contend with Bisbee’s divided past, its effect on the present-day town, and their own outlook on life in American today. With empathy and clarity of vision, Greene gives a stage to the performance of civic values to make us all live together a little better.
Contenders Q&A: "Free Solo"
A discussion with directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin follows a screening of "Free Solo." How high would you climb to fulfill your destiny? If you are celebrated professional rock-climber Alex Honnold, the answer would be "the tallest rock-face on earth" (Yosemite’s El Capitan). That challenge in and of itself is a remarkable feat of human determination. What sets Alex apart is his obsession to do it without safety ropes. Experienced mountain-doc filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Meru) take on the dual challenge of capturing the record-breaking free climb, and capturing the peripatetic life of their subject (who lives in his van). The result is a powerful work of cinema that is both heart-stopping and heart-melting. Courtesy of National Geographic Films.
Contenders Q&A with Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett: "Black Panther"
A discussion with actors Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Chadwick Boseman follows a screening of "Black Panther." Moderated by Raj Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art. Following the tragic death of his father, crown prince T’Challah (Chadwick Boseman) returns to the kingdom of Wakanda to take the throne. T’Challah’s plans to continue his father’s legacy are disrupted by the arrival of a challenger, Erik Killmonger, who intends to reveal Wakanda’s concealed technological utopia to the world and disrupt long-held peace. Fearlessly directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther is the first Marvel film to feature a predominantly black cast, pointing to a new age of superhero films both behind and in front of the camera. Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.
Contenders Q&A with Pawel Pawlikowski: "Cold War"
A discussion with director Pawel Pawlikowski follows a screening of "Cold War." Academy Award winner Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), returns with an intricate love story infused with music and geopolitical peril. Spanning the late 1940's and early 1960's, and fluctuating between Eastern and Western Europe, the story of Wiktor and Zula (played with hypnotic intensity by Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig) plays like a cold-war era jazz-score. In rich tones of black and white, zigging from passion to desperation, the film brings new vibrancy to the age old cinematic conundrum: What would you do for love? Pawlikowski was named Best Director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Cold War, which is said to be based on his parent's own story.
Darby English: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
Art historian Darby English probes art’s interaction with instituted forms of historical subjectivity and experience, focusing on artistic and other cultural manifestations of discomposure and optimism. He is the author of 1971: A Year in the Life of Color; How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness; and the forthcoming To Describe a Life: Essays at the Intersection of Art and Race Terror. He is a University of Chicago professor and an adjunct curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art.
Some Favorite Writers: Tara Westover
of her upbringing by survivalists in the Idaho mountains and her dogged pursuit of a formal education at age 17. "Beautiful and propulsive" (Vogue), Westover’s memoir is not just about her exceptional childhood but also about finding the will to escape it. Westover holds a BA from Brigham Young University and an MPhil and PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2010.
We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century
Erwin Chemerinsky’s We the People is a progressive guide to recognizing the power and promise of the Preamble and the Constitution to protect and defend individual human rights and liberties. Chemerinsky, a UC Berkeley dean and respected legal scholar, is joined by UCLA law professor and constitutional scholar Devon Carbado to discuss how to continue fighting for democratic rule, effective government, justice, liberty, and equality.
Deconstructing the Truism of Race as a Social Construct
Philosophers Naomi Zack of the University of Oregon, Rebecca Tuvel of Rhodes College, and Diarmuid Costello of the University of Warwick discuss the ways in which Adrian Piper’s art interrogates racial identity, focusing on specific works as well as Piper’s own writings about race, "Passing for White, Passing for Black" and Escape to Berlin: A Travel Memoir.
Post-screening Q&A: "Dark Money"
Post-screening Q&A with director Kimberly Reed and political director for Crooked Media Shaniqua McClendon follows a screening of "Dark Money." Dark Money examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Some Favorite Writers: Emily Wilson
In her stunning new translation of The Odyssey—the first-ever English translation by a woman—renowned classics scholar Emily Wilson brings a fresh perspective to Homer’s masterpiece while still conveying the humanity and heroic power of the original Greek. Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the author of Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton, and the translator of plays by Seneca and Euripides.
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.
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.
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.
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.