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SALOME

“What Camp taste responds to is instant character…. [which] is understood as a state of continual incandescence—a person being one, very intense thing.” — Susan Sontag, “Notes on ‘Camp’ “* SALOME is an opera of instant character, and its exaltation of lust is undiluted. Bodies and things are transposed, and the protagonists begin and end […]

CHILDREN OF PARADISE

Jean-Louis Barrault (standing) as Baptiste. Image credit: Movie City News

After the fall of France in 1940, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, and Jean Gabin (briefly) decamped for Hollywood. Director Marcel Carné and poet–screenwriter Jacques Prévert stayed in their occupied country and, under straitened circumstances, assembled their magnum opus LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS (CHILDREN OF PARADISE). “The cast is a record of Paris under the Nazis, and one […]

WAR, EXILE, AND “UNDERDEVELOPMENT”

The Exiles, directed by Kent Mackenzie
Image credit: Exilesfilm.com

“This was one of the first films to deal with the contemporary lives of Native Americans, [and is] still one of the very few pieces to deal with the Native urban diaspora, in this case in the no-longer existing L.A. neighborhood of Bunker Hill, in 1961. More broadly, THE EXILES is a film about displacement, and […]

JIMMIE DURHAM — EXHIBITION

Jimmie Durham, 2012
Photograph by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
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“Art must be social, not architectural, and not ‘impressive’….[My work is] always anti-pop. It seems too sad to me that capitalism can so easily and so constantly co-opt popular culture and rent to us our own degradation.” — Jimmie Durham in conversation with Achille Bonito Oliva* JIMMIE DURHAM: AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD—Durham’s first North […]

JIMMIE DURHAM — PROGRAMS

Jimmie Durham, Still Life with Stone and Car
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“The official history is certainly not true.” — Jimmie Durham* JIMMIE DURHAM: AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, the retrospective exhibition at the Hammer Museum, is open through the first week of May, 2017. In the coming weeks, the museum will present a series of on-site programs related to Durham’s life and practice: conversations, readings, […]

THE BOOK OF CLARENCE AT MOMA

Clarence Fountain.
Image credit: Discogs

When writer-director-lyricist Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson fused Sophocles to the African-American church experience in The Gospel at Colonus, Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama were cast to collectively portray Oedipus—an event that vaulted Clarence and his group into mainstream recognition.  Thirty-five years later, the Museum of Modern Art will present the world premiere […]

CULTURE CLASH AT THE GETTY VILLA

Culture Clash. Photograph by Oscar R. Castillo

The Villa Theater Lab at the Getty Villa is an ongoing forum for modern reinterpretations of classic Greek and Roman theater, as well as contemporary works inspired by classical literature. This weekend, the great performance troupe CULTURE CLASH presents their in-progress comedic satire SAPO, the tale of a 1970s Latin rock band from the Bay Area, […]