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TOWN HALL REDUX AT REDCAT

Scott Shepherd and Ari Fliakos as Norman and Norman, and Kate Valk as Jill Johnston, in the Wooster Group production of The Town Hall Affair, at Redcat.
Photograph by Steven Gunther

In the 1960s and ’70s, Norman Mailer was America’s loudest public intellectual, a boozing, brawling cartoon of machismo who was, nevertheless, a leading man of the Establishment Left. (He was a co-founder of The Village Voice and wrote Armies of the Night, a landmark text on the anti-Vietnam War movement.*) After Kate Millett, in her book […]

LA MORT SE MÉRITE—SERGE LIVROZET

Serge Livrozet at the Ministry of Justice with a copy of the Prisoners' Action Committee (CAP) paper.
Image credit: Efemérides Anarquistas

Revolutionary author, activist, and refugee advocate Serge Livrozet founded the Prisoners’ Action Committee (an extension of his friend Michel Foucault’s Prisons Information Group), was a key figure in Jacques Lesage’s Marge movement, and took up burglary and safe-cracking in order to finance an independent publishing company. Beyond Baroque and Suzy Williams will host the Los […]

THE WAREHOUSE EYES OF JASON RHOADES

Jason Rhoades
Image: Semotan

The daily mundanity of Los Angeles (or any other city) cannot be appreciated while riding in a car. In the slog of walking north on Alameda from 8th Street, on my way to the Arts District, I stopped at a warehouse/storefront—one of hundreds in the area—selling shelf upon shelf of objects, as far as the […]

JEAN COCTEAU AT CINEFAMILY

Jean Marais in Orphée, directed by Jean Cocteau
Image: Pop Classics

Jean Cocteau—perfectly suited to the visual medium of mirrors, dreams, and life after death—was a filmmaker for three decades, but his greatest engagement took place during the five years immediately following the end of the Second World War, a period which began with one masterpiece (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE, 1945) and ended with another—ORPHÉE. […]

CELEBRATING TONY CONRAD

Image credit: Press notes, tonyconradmovie.com

A key figure of Manhattan’s avant-garde, Tony Conrad was “an integral part of the ‘secret history’ of the ’60s….from camp cinema to structural film to minimal music to experimental rock ’n’ roll to video art and more.” — Branden W. Joseph, the author of Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts After Cage (2008).* Tony Conrad (1940–2016) […]

ANTIGONÓN AT REDCAT

Spectacle, cabaret, fashion, poetry, violence, drag, and the myths of Cuban writer/activist José Marti and Antigone clash by night at REDCAT in ANTIGONÓN: UN CONTIGENTE ÉPICO. “I prepare a play like if I were preparing a party.” — director Carlos Díaz ANTIGONÓN, by Rogelio Orizondo, was conceived in 2012 as a graduate work for Orizondo and the actresses Giselda […]

THE ’90S AT REGEN PROJECTS

Glenn Ligon, Runaways [detail]
1993
Suite of 10 lithographs
16 x 12 inches each
Courtesy Regen Projects Los Angeles

Regen Projects’ Spring 2017 show is an extraordinary survey of art from the 1990s. WHAT I LOVED: SELECTED WORKS FROM THE ’90S includes Catherine Opie’s Vaginal Davis and Justin Bond; Glenn Ligon’s Untitled (I Remember the Very Day); Lari Pittman’s Existential and Needy; Karen Kilimnik’s Actresses sisters as murderers; erotic work from Wolfgang Tillmans, Marilyn Minter, and […]