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JULIANA SPAHR AND CLAUDIA RANKINE

“DU BOIS’S TELEGRAM is a brilliant inquiry into the institutions—from the CIA to the foundations and literary magazines it funded—that inform and shape literary production. The promoted, the funded and heralded—from Richard Wright to Gertrude Stein to James Baldwin—do the work of the nation state under the umbrella of culture. Our complicit freedoms are brought […]

NAO BUSTAMANTE — PERFORMING CRITIQUE

Performance artist and USC professor Nao Bustamante will join curator Catherine Scott tonight for a conversation at CSULB.   NAO BUSTAMANTE—PERFORMING CRITIQUE Tuesday, December 11, at 5 pm. California State University Long Beach University Theatre, East 7th Street and East Campus Drive, Long Beach. Above: Nao Bustamante, The Groom. Below: Nao Bustamante, Death Bed. Images courtesy the […]

ARTHUR JAFA IN CONVERSATION

“I have a very simple mantra and it’s this: I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music… The larger preoccupation is how do we force cinema to respond to the existential, political, and spiritual dimensions of who we are as a people.” — Arthur Jafa To open his […]

RALPH LEMON AT ART CENTER

“For Ralph Lemon, evasion and erasure are counterintuitive; they mark history’s traces and court the past’s return. History—with its discrete epochs, nameable masses, and willful actors—is neither salve nor refuge for those who lie beyond its rules.” — Thomas J. Lax, “For Starters” Artforum editor-in-chief David Velasco will present the choreographer, dancer, writer, and visual […]

MALCOLM X IN 70MM

On Saturday night, Spike Lee will introduce the screening of a rare 70mm print of his magnum opus MALCOLM X, starring Denzel Washington. This American Cinematheque presentation is part of a brief weekend series of Lee films at the Egyptian, and the director will be on hand for discussion on both days. MALCOLM X Saturday, December […]

7 MILES A SECOND

This week, Printed Matter will launch the new edition of 7 MILES A SECOND, the graphic novel by David Wojnarowicz depicting the artist’s life as an underage hustler, and an adult living with societal indifference to AIDS. James Romberger (who drew the book) and Marguerite Van Cook (its colorist) will sign copies. 7 MILES A SECOND WITH JAMES ROMBERGER […]

ASPECTS OF GLOBAL PERFORMANCE IN THE 1970S

Columbia University professor Kellie Jones will discuss “the global reaches of performance art during the 1970s through the lens of projects by Latin American and African American artists”—including Adrian Piper, Senga Nengudi, Felipe Ehrenberg, Lourdes Grobet, and David Lamelas—and considers “the circumstances that allowed performance to be dispersed effortlessly into the flow of everyday life.”* KELLIE JONES—SIGNS […]