Dec 022017
 

Today, December 1st, is Day With(out) Art, a national day of action and mourning organized by Visual AIDS with arts organizations and institutions in response to the AIDS crisis. It is also World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.

In 2014, on the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS commissioned seven artists/collaboratives to create short videos for a program titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, which are now available to watch online.  This year Visual AIDS has created another video program –ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, previewed above.

From their Vimeo channel

Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Next week on 12/7 (Thursday), MOCA Grand Avenue in Los Angeles will be screening this program followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (this event is free)

In New York it will be screened on 12/4 (Monday) at Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture with a post-screening discussion featuring artists Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro and Thomas Allen Harris in conversation with curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (free but make sure to register as the event at The Whitney filled up quickly)

 

Nov 172016
 

Dante Elephante- Pasadena Dreams

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/17-11/11/20/16)-

Thursday

Los Angeles musician Devendra Banhart will be performing at MOCA Grand Ave as part of a series of in-gallery programs focusing on core ideas in the exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth (free)

Artist Jack Whitten is giving a talk at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery (free with RSVP)

Death Valley Girls are playing at the Echoplex with Gateway Drugs, C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares, and Kill A Punk For Rock and Roll with DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) hosting

As part of Hammer Museum’s Bureau of Feminism Initiative, they are showing Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman, a film “about a young black lesbian trying to make a film about an obscure 1930s black actress”. Dunye will join curator Erin Christovale after the screening for a discussion. (free)

Rainbow Arabia is playing at Non Plus Ultra with KATIEE

Water Slice, Klangstof, and Slow Talker are playing at The Satellite

Friday

Slow Club are playing at The Echo with Annie Hart

It’s the first night of LA Zoo Lights, the annual  holiday event at the zoo

Ricky Eat Acid is headlining a night at Union

Fartbarf are playing with David and the Curse at El Cid

Saturday

The Great Los Angeles Walk returns and the route this year is Pico Boulevard from downtown to the ocean (free)

REDCAT is hosting The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation (also Sunday)

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of the Warren Beatty films Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait

Meatbodies are playing with Feels, Melted, and Ivy Leaguers at The Hi Hat

Saturday and Sunday

DesignerCon at the Pasadena Convention Center mixes collectible toys and designer goods with pop art. The event also features panelists and art demonstrations happening over both days

Sunday

Dante Elephante are opening for The Orwells at Resident

Angels Flight Literary West is launching its monthly literary salon series, focused on writing about Los Angeles, at Clifton’s Cafeteria. This week’s authors are Dana Johnson and David Kukoff

For MOCA Grand Ave’s Artists on Artists series, Lauren Halsey will be leading an informal walkthrough of the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like A Lady?

L.A. Drones!, Future Shoxxx, TV Heads and more are playing at The Echo for Subspace’s Zine Release Show