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Bruce Talamon & Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire
Photographer Bruce Talamon saw it all during the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, he found himself backstage with an all-access pass to the heart of the music scene, photographing icons such as James Brown, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron, Aretha Franklin, the Jackson Five, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Al Green, Barry White, and Donna Summer. He is joined by one of his favorite subjects, bassist Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Q&A with Tisa Bryant, Ernest Hardy, and director James Spooner: "Afro-Punk"
Q&A with James Spooner, Tisa Bryant, and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Afro-Punk." James Spooner’s audacious rock documentary follows four black people from different cities who are immersed in overwhelmingly white punk scenes. Featuring performances by Bad Brains and Cipher and exclusive interviews with Fishbone, Dead Kennedys, and Candiria, the film gives a voice to black punk fans, who are often excluded from both white and black music communities.
Suné Woods, Fred Moten & James Gordon Williams, You are mine. I see now, I’m a have to let you go.
Artist Suné Woods, award-winning poet Fred Moten, and pianist & composer James Gordon Williams present a multimedia evening of wordplay, found imagery, improvised music, and moving images.
Post-screening Q&A with Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant: "Sounder"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Sounder." This Academy Award–nominated film tells the story of a family of black sharecroppers in the Depression-era South. Eleven-year-old David is sent by his mother to visit his father, who is imprisoned in a far-off camp for stealing food, with the titular stray hunting dog by his side. With astonishing performances and gorgeous cinematography, the film uses David’s journey to explore the complexities of black family life in the rural South.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "Touki Bouki"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Touki Bouki." Considered one of the most important African films ever made, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s dazzling fantasy-drama Touki Bouki features two young lovers who attempt to escape from Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France. Alternately manic and meditative, the film paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s.
Environmental Equity
Environmental issues often disproportionately affect racial minority and low-income communities, putting those populations in greater danger of health risks. Angelo Logan, cofounder of Eastside Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and the campaign director of the Moving Forward Network; Gladys Limón, executive director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance; and Paul Ong, director of the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, discuss the multitude of factors at play in making environmental justice in Los Angeles more equitable across diverse communities. Moderated by Joe Lyou, president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air.
Patterns Found in the World: Luchita Hurtado and Andrianna Campbell
Artist Luchita Hurtado’s expansive career is marked by a rigorous commitment to experimentation, as demonstrated by her body landscapes from the 1960s and 1970s, on view in Made in L.A. 2018. She discusses her practice with Andrianna Campbell, a writer and art history doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in modern and contemporary American art.
99% Preservation and 1% Densification: A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor
Architects Thom Mayne and Eui-Sung Yi of the Now Institute and Morphosis Architects present a proposal for a high-density, interconnected urban community along L.A.’s iconic Wilshire Corridor. The plan accommodates the city’s anticipated population increase—1.5 million people by 2050—by densifying less than one percent of its land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles. Moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability.
Running in Circles: Erin Christovale, Amanda Hunt & Texas Isaiah on EJ Hill
For his durational performance, artist EJ Hill ran laps around every Los Angeles school he attended, a reflection on the hardships that black, brown, and queer bodies endure as well as their resilience. Made in L.A. 2018 cocurator Erin Christovale discusses Hill’s practice with Amanda Hunt, MOCA Los Angeles director of education and public programming and Desert X 2019 cocurator, and artist Texas Isaiah, who collaborated on Hill’s project.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "The Landlord"
A post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "The Landlord." Written by visionary black filmmaker Bill Gunn and the first film of Oscar-winning director Hal Ashby, The Landlord is both a coming-of-age tale and a social satire. When wealthy, white Elger Winthrop Enders buys a tenement brownstone in 1960s Brooklyn, he plans to kick out its predominantly black residents but instead becomes entangled—personally, romantically, and very messily—in the lives of his tenants.
Bloomsday 2018
James Joyce’s eyebrow-raising poetic language paints a vivid picture of a varied cast of characters on one summer day in Dublin. This year’s Bloomsday celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Lancaster, John Lee, Sonya Macari, and Johnny O’Callaghan and Irish songs performed by musicians Jared Jones, Kathryn Lillich, and Neal Stulberg. The celebration continues in the courtyard with Guinness and live Irish music by Rattle the Knee. Organized by Stanley Breitbard and directed by Darcie Crager.
Post-screening Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Harding: "Car Wash"
A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows a screening of "Car Wash." A “dizzying, nonstop kaleidoscope of cars, soul music, characters, crises...and lots of suds and hot wax” (Roger Ebert), this madcap comedy portrays a day in the life of a group of wisecracking car wash employees. Shot on location at an actual, since-demolished car wash in MacArthur Park, Car Wash is a joyful slice of 1970s life, with an award-winning soundtrack and stellar cameos.
Post-screening Q&A with James Benning and Anne Ellegood: "L. COHEN"
A post-screening Q&A with artist James Benning and curator Anne Ellegood follows a screening of "L. COHEN." A rumination on change and time set to a Leonard Cohen song, artist and filmmaker James Benning’s film observes an Oregon farm field on a very unusual day.
You Are on Tongva Land: Mercedes Dorame, Angela R. Riley & Wendy Teeter
Artist Mercedes Dorame, a member of the tribe of Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California, joins Angela Riley, director of UCLA’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center, and Wendy Teeter, Fowler Museum archaeology curator, to discuss repatriation and land ownership in indigenous communities.
Post-screening Q&A with Shirin Neshat: "Looking for Oum Kulthum"
A Q&A with director Shirin Neshat follows a screening of "Looking for Oum Kulthum." Artist Shirin Neshat’s Looking for Oum Kulthum is a visually dazzling film-within-a-film about an Iranian artist-filmmaker who attempts to make a film about her hero, the legendary female Arab singer Oum Kulthum. Neshat’s heroine, Mitra, struggles as she dares to cross lines in a conservative, male-dominated society—reflecting the obstacles faced by Neshat and Kulthum themselves.