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HARMONY HOLIDAY ON BALDWIN

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“[Being] an attentive and heroic witness can mean that you yourself, as that witness, are never entirely seen. And a father is a kind of god in the human psyche, one who sees you and whose vision you must both realize and overcome, overthrow, ruin. “Maybe James Baldwin was the only star-witness America could trust […]

GEHRY AND DUDAMEL IN INGLEWOOD

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The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) is getting a new, permanent home in Inglewood, and its architect Frank Gehry will join Gustavo Dudamel, Inglewood mayor James T. Butts, Jr., and CEO Simon Woods this week for the unveiling of the project’s design. Under the leadership of Dudamel and the L.A. Phil, YOLA provides young people […]

WHITEWALLING — ART, RACE, AND PROTEST

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“There is a contradiction at the heart of our idea of open dialogue: while it seems to depend on the idea of leaving open space for ambiguity, uncertainty, and the contingent, it is grounded in — and perhaps even depends upon — de facto limits of who can speak and what can be said.” Aruna […]

GUY HOCQUENGHEM

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“The cruising machine has established an impenetrable border between what turns us on and what makes us think. This border is perhaps a defense mechanism against the intrusion of relations of power… “Constructed like capitalism against death, the cruising machine… instead of being madly in love with what is present, it desires what is absent, […]

DAVID WOJNAROWICZ

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Untitled (One Day This Kid . . .) is one of dozens of landmark works by David Wojnarowicz now on view in the late artist’s retrospective at the Whitney.   DAVID WOJNAROWICZ—HISTORY KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT Through September 30. WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York City. whitney.org/DavidWojnarowicz David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One Day This […]

SHINIQUE SMITH AND HAMZA WALKER

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In conjunction with SHINIQUE SMITH—REFUGE (curated by Essence Harden, at CAAM), Smith and Hamza Walker will talk about the artist’s work and “its intersections with both contemporary art and social justice advocacy through the arts.”*   SHINIQUE SMITH and HAMZA WALKER IN CONVERSATION Thursday, August 2, at 7 pm. SHINIQUE SMITH—REFUGE, through September 9. CALIFORNIA […]

HELEN MOLESWORTH AT UCLA

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Helen Molesworth will be teaching a class at UCLA this fall. Last month she gave the commencement address at the university’s School of the Arts and Architecture: “Thank you. Thank you, Dean [Brett] Steele, for the invitation to speak today to the UCLA faculty and staff, to the families and friends of the students gathered […]