Category Archives: LITERATURE/POETRY

WILLIAM E. JONES — I’M OPEN TO ANYTHING

Writer, artist, and curator William E. Jones will talk about his new book—the sex Bildungsroman I’M OPEN TO ANYTHING—with Jarett Kobek.

Jones is the author of Halsted Plays Himself—the heavily illustrated biography of porn auteur Fred Halsted—and True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell.

WILLIAM E. JONES and JARETT KOBEK

Saturday, May 18, at 3 pm.

Artbook at Hauser & Wirth

917 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: William E. Jones; book cover image courtesy and © We Heard You Like Books; Fred Halsted, A Night at Halsted’s (1981).

ISAAC JULIEN SYMPOSIUM

At LACMA this weekend, join Charles Gaines, writers and scholars Jennifer González, Shelleen Greene, Ariel Osterweis, B. Ruby Rich, Jeffrey Stewart, and Sarah Thornton, curator Mark Nash, and LACMA‘s Naima J. Keith and Christine Y. Kim for a daylong symposium of screenings and panel discussions celebrating the work of Isaac Julien—who will be in attendance.

Among the complete works to be presented are PLAYTIME, LESSONS OF THE HOUR—FREDERICK DOUGLASS, WESTERN UNION: SMALL BOATS, and a 30th anniversary screening of LOOKING FOR LANGSTON, Julien’s film about Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

Excerpts from KAPITAL and TEN THOUSAND WAVES will also be shown.

ISAAC JULIEN SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, May 18, from 9 am to 5 pm.

ISAAC JULIEN—PLAYTIME

Through August 11.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Full schedule of screenings and speakers:

9:00 am — Coffee and pastries.

9:25 am — Welcome and introductions by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA.

9:30 am — PLAYTIME (2014). Sarah Thornton.

9:50 am — KAPITAL (2013), excerpt. Charles Gaines and Mark Nash.

10:50 am — WESTERN UNION: SMALL BOATS (2007). Jennifer González and Shelleen Greene.

12:00 pm — TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010) (excerpt). Jeffrey Stewart and Ariel Osterweis, with Christine Y. Kim.

1:10 pm to 1:55 pm — Lunch will be provided for participants.

2:00 pm — LOOKING FOR LANGSTON (1989). B. Ruby Rich and Isaac Julien

3:35 pm — LESSONS OF THE HOUR—FREDERICK DOUGLASS (2019). Isaac Julienand Jeffrey Stewart, with Naima J. Keith

Isaac Julien, from top: Emerald City / Capital (Playtime), 2013; Playtime, 2013, LACMA, installation view Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2013 (2); The Abyss (Playtime), 2013; Playtime, 2013, LACMA, installation view Metro Pictures, 2013, photograph by Genevieve Hanson; All that’s solid melts into air (Playtime), 2013; Ten Thousand Waves, 2010, 35mm film, transferred to HD 9.2 surround sound; Icarus descending (Playtime), 2013; Isaac Julien, Eclipse (Playtime), 2013. Black and white photograph of Isaac Julien, 2017, by Thierry Bal. All works and images courtesy and © Isaac Julien, the photographers, Victoria Miro, London, and Metro Pictures, New York.

NICK LAIRD AT THE HAMMER

This week, the poet, novelist, and screenwriter Nick Laird will read from his 2018 collection of poems, FEEL FREE.

(Which is also the title of the recent essay collection by Zadie Smith, who is married to Laird.)

A reception and book signing will follow.

NICK LAIRD

Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Nick Laird, image courtesy and © the author and the Hammer Museum; book cover image courtesy and © Faber & Faber; Laird and Zadie Smith at The New Yorker Festival, 2017, courtesy and © the authors and photographer.

JEAN BAUDRILLARD AT CHÂTEAU SHATTO

A selection of the photographs of Jean BaudrillardTHE CONSPIRACY OF ART: PART I—is now on view at Château Shatto.

“It is not true that we need to believe in our own existence to live… Our consciousness is never in fact the echo of our own reality, of our existence in ‘real time,’ but rather the echo in delayed time, the dispersion screen of the subject and its identity. We are only distinguishable from ourselves in sleep, unconsciousness, and death. This consciousness, which is something altogether different than belief, comes more spontaneously from challenging reality, from siding with objective illusion than from objective reality. This challenge is more vital for our survival and for the survival of the species than the belief in reality and existence, which are spiritual consolations for use in another world.” — Jean Baudrillard*

JEAN BAUDRILLARD—THE CONSPIRACY OF ART: PART I

Through May 25.

Château Shatto

1206 Maple Avenue, Suite 1030, downtown Los Angeles.

*Jean Baudrillard, La Pensée radicale (Paris: Sens & Tonka, 1994); “Radical Thought,” in The Conspiracy of Art, edited by Sylvère Lotringer and translated by Ames Hodges (New York: Semiotext(e), 2005), 162–177.

From top: Jean Baudrillard, St. Clément II, 1988, front and reverse; Baudrillard.

SARAH SCHULMAN AND MATIAS VIEGENER

In conjunction with the I, I, I, I, I, I, I, KATHY ACKER exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Sarah Schulman will join Matias Viegener for a conversation about Schulman’s three decades of work and their shared friendship with Acker.

Schulman will also read from her recent novels The Cosmopolitans and Maggie Terry.

THE REALM OF THE RECOGNISABLE—

SARAH SCHULMAN in conversation with MATIAS VIEGENER

Saturday, May 4, at 6:30 pm.

Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Mall, London.

See Lisa Appignanesi on Acker.

From top: Sarah Schulman; Stagestruck, by Schulman; The Assassination of Kathy Acker, by Matias Viegener; Viegener, photograph by Samuel Ace; ICA exhibition announcement (detail), 2019. Images courtesy of the authors, publishers, photographers, and ICA, London.